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Video: Arabic countdown by global stars celebrates UAE Mars mission

reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 13, 2020 | Last updated on July 13, 2020 at 07.12 pm
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The first planetary science mission from the UAE and the Arab world will blast-off from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan.

The buzz around the #FirstArabicCountdown in space exploration history just got a celebrity twist. Global stars have come together for a video that shows them do the countdown in Arabic ahead of the actual one that will launch the UAE's Mars probe on July 15.

A video tweeted by the Government of Dubai Media Office on Monday shows Egyptian actor-comedian Ahmed Helmy; Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez; Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama; Brazilian football player David Lewis; British-Indian vlogger Jay Shetty; entrepreneur Gary Fee; and Pakistani writer and actress Muniba Mazari do the countdown.

#FirstArabicCountdown started trending on Twitter after the Dubai Media Office announced that the countdown to launch the Hope probe would be in Arabic.

The first planetary science mission from the UAE and the Arab world will blast-off from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan, on July 15. The Hope probe will go into orbit in February 2021 and will study how the upper atmosphere of Mars is affected by its lower atmosphere.

sahim@khaleejtimes.com 

Staff Reporter


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