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Nisthula Nagarajan

Published: Tue 9 Feb 2021, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 29 Sep 2021, 6:33 AM

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai shared a video clip on Twitter containing statements by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the world-famous American astrophysicist.

He shared, “With the Hope Probe ap- proaching Mars, hopes for an achievement that will be added to humanity’s scientific and knowledge balance are approaching, and the UAE is approaching the top ranks in the world. The field of research and knowl- edge, many people wonder about what drives us to go to Mars, and only those who read the future understand the reason for that.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained during the video aimed at presenting the impor- tance of the UAE project to explore Mars,

that the red planet is a thrilling target, and therefore he is glad that the UAE has commissioned, “the probe of hope”, to the red planet. He adds that there are many goals and objectives to achieve with this mission, and it will add great value to the Arab world on the one hand, and the whole world on the other hand.

He added that the probe is doing work that none of the previous Mars mis- sions have endeavoured. Tasks were focused on discovering the surface of Mars, preoccupied with its poles, wondering whether there is life and/or water, what is the nature of the atmosphere surrounding Mars. To learn what covers Mars is the past, to strategise how we will create sustainable life is the future.

He stressed that science has always been a basis for global cooperation be- cause scientists, engineers and mathematicians all speak the same language. He explained that the foundation has been laid to attract international collabo- rators to work with the UAE, and catalyse the achievement of the country’s vi- sion for the future. He pointed out that America too did not build their space programme, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), alone.

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