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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid publishes on UAE Project to Explore Mars

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said that, following in the footsteps of our great -grandfathers, we have great dreams and ambitions which start from the sky, and we will look again for the stars to build our glory.

In his preface to his book on the UAE Project to Explore Mars, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed writes, “In December 2, 1971, the first man-made spaceship in the history landed on Mars which marked the beginning of a new scientific era in the history of mankind. On the same day, our forefathers at the Union House announced the establishment of the UAE to kick off a different march which aimed to build the Emirati nation.

“After only fifty years, in 2021, the two marches will meet at a point 60 million kilometres away from us, where Emirati nationals will add to the march of human knowledge a new impetus with an Arab imprint.”

The book titled “Hope Probe and the UAE Project to Explore Mars,” includes the various stages of the project and the reason behind the UAE’s decision to launch this project. Sheikh Mohammed’s introduction also discusses the history of the exploration of Mars as well as the benefits to humanity of the exploration of the planet.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, center, announces a United Arab Emirates' Mars mission named "Hope" — or "al-Amal" in Arabic — which is scheduled be launched in 2020, during a ceremony in Dubai, UAE, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. It would be the Arab world's first space probe to Mars and will take seven to nine months to reach the red planet, arriving in 2021. Emirati scientists hope the unmanned probe will provide a deeper understanding of the Martian atmosphere, and expect it to remain in orbit until at least 2023. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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