The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has successfully launched Arab world’s first mission to Mars from Japan’s from the Tanegashima Space Centre.
The unmanned probe is called ‘Al-Amal’ meaning hope. People in the Japanese space centre and in Dubai as well are excited about the mission. UAE Mars mission’s deputy project manager Sarah al-Amiri declared it “an indescribable feeling”. She said, “This is the future of the UAE.”
The UAE scientist Sarah Al-Amiri has created history by leading first interplanetary mission of the Arab world. She wants the project to inspire the next generation to take up sciences in school.
The road to Mars is going to be the busiest ever as apart from the UAE, the United States and China are also going to embark upon the missions very soon. The trio will be taking advantage of the biennial window when Earth and the Red Planet are closest together.
The planned launch of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) on July 15 was delayed due to bad weather conditions at Japan’s remote Tanegashima spaceport. The EMM aims to capture the most comprehensive picture yet of Mars to reveal novel insight into it and how it works.
“This is the golden age of space in the UAE,” explained Fatma Hussain Lootah, manager of the team’s instrument science section.
“This is the time we decided to stand out in maybe a sector nobody expected us to develop in, because it’s knowledge-based, it’s very science-based.”
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry Monday congratulated the United Arab Emirates for its historic achievement in its first mission to Mars, said UAE is investing in new technologies and achieved a milestone in its space exploration programme under the visionary wise leadership.
Talking to a private news channel, Fawad chaudhry hailed the UAE Young scientists and Science minister of UAE for the successful launch of Mars mission, adding, this is a great moment not just for the United Arab Emirates, but for all the international partners that are involved in exploring space.
He said it is an landmark achievement for the Arab nations in advancing global knowledge in the field of space and we are also proud for the UAE which was equally giving opportunities to its Emirati women who are working on the Mars mission.
UAE Science minister was commendable working on modern space programs with the collaboration of Japan and UAE is a only country who is having separate Artificial Intelligence ministry and Inducting youth.
He said Pakistan is looking at increased cooperation with the UAE in the field of space, museums and precision agriculture sectors.