His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, emphasized that the journey to explore Mars reflects the story of the UAE’s march and the success of its union, which was built with determination, determination, construction and work, indicating that building human and transferring knowledge is the goals of the Emirates Mars program.
He explained during a TV interview yesterday that the story of the probe of hope was born about 7 years ago, during an exceptional ministerial retreat called by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God bless him, in Sir Bani Yas during the month of December of In 2013, when council members asked for ideas for the future to prepare for the celebration of the golden jubilee of the state in 2021, an idea was raised during retreat that we do not go to Mars, which is a very bold idea.
He pointed out that the idea was admired by His Highness, so he asked to study whether this idea is achievable in the UAE within a week, where he went to the Emirates Center for Advanced Technology, which today turned into the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.
He added: “After a week, we concluded that the recommendation is achievable and was presented to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and to his brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and then the idea was blessed and began to start towards The investigation, we honed the determination to build the probe, which was completed within approximately 6 years, which is a short period of time to build the probe, where the probe is built in 10 years ».
He stressed the existence of a passion for space since the establishment of the UAE at the hands of the founding fathers, where the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless his soul, met in 1976 scientists from NASA, as they intended to launch a probe out of the atmosphere.
He explained that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, when he adopted the idea of the Hope Probe project, wanted him to be an Arab project and not only Emirati, so he asked the Arab world to share it in the name of this probe, to be announced later from Qasr Al Bahr during his meeting with the work team working on the project The name, “Probe of Hope”, is to be a hope for Arab youth.
He stressed that the space sector is a strategic sector aimed at building human capacities, as it worked during the last period since the launch of the project to build thousands of capabilities.
He pointed out that space science and access to Mars is the most difficult challenge assigned to us by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, but the UAE space strategy was based on a gradual and stages, the first stage was building satellites, and the second stage was building astronauts, then the third stage, which is going to explore Mars.
He pointed out that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum chose to embrace space projects because of his passion for challenging challenges, to prove to everyone that there is nothing impossible, and also to raise the ceiling of challenges, enhance human confidence through huge projects, give hope to Arab youth, and resume the civilization of the region Arabic and education development.
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