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UAE 'takes first steps' to launch unmanned Mars probe

Sheikh Mohammed says seven-year technology project is a 'source of Arab pride'

UAE 'takes first steps' to launch unmanned Mars probe

A seven-year journey to send a UAE unmanned spacecraft to Mars was officially launched on Monday with Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum describing the project as "a source of Arab pride".

In a series of Twitter messages, the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai said the UAE had taken the "first step" in building the Mars probe, after the UAE Space Agency and the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, EIAST, signed an agreement to build the probe.

“I witnessed today with all pride, the first steps towards building the first Arab, Islamic probe to reach Mars,” Sheikh Mohammad tweeted.

“We started today, a seven year journey with a national team; through it we will cross hundreds of millions of miles to build globally competitive Emirati individuals,” he said.

“Building a Mars probe is a national job, a source of Arab pride and addition to human knowledge. We say to the people of our region join us in building a new history for our Arab nation.”

Last month, the board of the newly established UAE Space Agency approved its annual budget.

The probe will take nine months to make the more than 60 million kilometre journey to Mars and will mark the UAE out as one of only nine countries with space programmes to explore the Red Planet.

The project also aims to develop Emirati human capital and boost the space technology industry as a sustainable driver of the UAE's increasingly diversified economy.

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ABDULLAH OBAID 4 years ago

WE THE NATION OF THE UAE HAVE GREAT DREAMS , AND IT ALWAYS BECOME A TRUE LIVING FACTS WITH THE GRACE OF( ALLAH) AND THE HARD WORK OF OUR GREAT RULERS AND PEOPLE , AND WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ARABIC AND MUSLIM IDENTITY

THANKS TO SHEIKH MOHAMMED

abdul hafeez sheikh 4 years ago

By doing such project UAE is reminding all the Muslims of the past glorious era I pray the the success of the mission and give full credit to his highness Sheikh Muhammad who is visionary .UAE people are lucky to have such leaders and rulers

ramin 4 years ago

Only difference being that the "past glorious era" that you are talking about was lead by muslims. I am sure the whole unmanned Mars probe will be lead and run by foreigners!

procan 4 years ago

Of course ramin as all these grand projects are. Arab money western know how . Besides the major powers are all over Mars, might want to think about project not yet attempted . just sayin.

letsee 4 years ago

It will be interesting to compare time and budget for this project with India's probe.

Anyhow announcements are cheap (we get plenty of those nowadays don't we)