Nasa JPL wishes UAE Hope Mars probe 'good luck' as they connect in space - and on Twitter

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Dubai - 'Good luck, @HopeMarsMission as you begin your journey to the Red Planet!'

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Published: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 10:44 AM

Last updated: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8:35 PM

A bromance seems to be brewing on Twitter between the UAE's Hope Mars Mission and Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - and Twitterati are loving it.
A little after the UAE's 'Al Amal' orbiter made history on Monday with a successful launch into space to study the Red Planet, Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages many of the space administration's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe, put out a message of encouragement in honour of the trailblazing mission.
"Good luck, @HopeMarsMission as you begin your journey to the Red Planet! We can't wait to see you out there, and are proud to carry communications for your mission via the Deep Space Network," it read.

The folks at Emirates Mars Mission were quick to respond, saying, "It's been an incredible journey so far, and we can't wait to get there. Earth is getting farther away, as my destination gets closer. Thank you for keeping me connected to home through the Deep Space Network."
The NASA Deep Space Network is a worldwide network of US spacecraft communication facilities, located in the US, Spain and Australia, that supports NASA's interplanetary spacecraft missions.
NASA's JPL rounded off the thoughtful exchange with a GIF captioned: "It's an honor and a privilege. Keep those transmissions coming."
Twitter users got on board, commending the spirit of collaboration.
"I (love) this level of teamwork. More of this everyone, please!" said user @EthanAtwell.
Another going by the handle @BreannHowell responded, "I'm absolutely tickled reading through these tweets! Yes, please, keep it up!!"

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