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Photos: Sheikh Mohammed made Mars mission possible, says Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

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Filed on July 20, 2020 | Last updated on July 20, 2020 at 06.21 am
Sheikh Mohammed, Mars mission, possible, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

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Final checks have been carried out on the rocket that will take Hope to space and liftoff is scheduled to happen at 1.58am on Monday.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is the "main factor" behind the UAE's Hope probe mission to Mars, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince said on Saturday, July 18.

Addressing Sheikh Mohammed, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said: "This historic event would not have been possible without the devotion, determination and persistence of my brother Mohammed bin Rashid to make this day a milestone in our lives and in the journey of our nation."

This came as the two leaders and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), made a surprise video call to the Hope mission team to review the probe's pre-flight preparations.

"Thanks to your (Sheikh Mohammed's) efforts and determination, we see these young talents (Emirati space scientists) today bringing pride to us, their families, their country and the Arab world," Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed added. "On behalf of every Emirati, I thank my brother Mohammed bin Rashid for making this possible."

The rocket carrying Hope liftoff at 1.58am on Monday.

sahim@khaleejtimes.com


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