UAE's Hope probe amasses applause from world over

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Hope probe, Japan, Tanegashima Space Centre

Dubai - There was applause from across the globe as soon as the rocket carrying Hope to Mars took off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre.

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Published: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 5:27 PM

Last updated: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 7:39 PM

As the UAE created history by successfully launching its Hope probe in space as part of its first Mars mission, the entire world applauded the remarkable feat.

The world media was inundated with news and reactions from around the globe as soon as the rocket carrying the Hope probe was successfully launched from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre.

Applauding the UAE for joining the US, China, Russia and India in exploring the Red Planet, the BBC wrote: "Hope probe: UAE launches historic first mission to Mars", further adding, "mission to Mars is under way, after a successful lift-off in Japan".

The BBC also quoted a congratulatory tweet from NASA's Perseverance, the American Mars mission, that read: "Congratulations on your launch! I wish you a successful journey and look forward to the sol when we are both exploring Mars. (A sol is a Mars solar day)"

The Guardian pointed out that "unlike the two other Mars ventures scheduled for this year, it will not land on the planet, but instead orbit it for a whole Martian year, or 687 days".

The New York Times announced "Mars Mission From United Arab Emirates Embarks on 7-Month Journey," while French broadcaster France 24 announced that after the successful launch, the control room at the Japanese launch site was filled with cheer and applause.

The Daily Mail UK noted that the UAE became the first Arab country to launch a Mars mission. "Blast off for UAE's mission to Mars as Emirates become first Arab nation to launch an interplanetary expedition," the UK's newspaper wrote.

The CNN opted to talk on "How the Hope Mars mission will make history in the UAE" and stressed that "the (UAE) government believes that initiatives like the Emirates Mars Mission will help by encouraging students to explore new subjects".

While publishing a picture of a "broadcast of the launch of the Amal Mars orbiter at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai", Bloomberg wrote: "Arab World's First Mission to Mars Starts With Launch in Japan."

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