In 2016, the UAE approved the final design of the Hope Probe – the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission to Mars.
Fast forward to 2018, and the final designs of the Hope Probe have been unveiled, as well as details of the Mars 2117 plan that aims to create the first human settlement on the Red Planet.
The mission to Mars was embraced by the community, with citizens rushing to apply for the chance at becoming an astronaut. More than 4,000 Emiratis, including a 67-year-old man and three generations of a family, applied to be the first four UAE astronauts.
Out of the final four, one will be chosen to go on a space mission after 2022.
Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager at the Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) Space Centre, recently answered those questions – and more – during a recent discussion on TEDx.
“The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stone. The Stone Age ended because of progress. And the oil age will not end because we run out of oil, but it will end because of progress,” said Sharaf.
“It’s about the future of the country, it’s about building a sustainable ecosystem in the country for the people of the UAE and the people of the region. You’re talking about a region that has more than 100 million youth in it with a lot of potential and a lot of skill.
“To all the future scientists, the future doctors, the future managers, the future economists, if you guys want to move forward and have progress, then you have to think out of your comfort zone. You have to think differently and be creative, and to be able to compete and be ahead of others, don’t follow others. Create your own path.”
The video, which was uploaded on You Tube on May 30, 2018, was accompanied with the caption: “In 2020, the UAE will launch Hope Probe to Mars. [Sharaf] explains the significance of this mission and it’s importance to both the United Arab Emirates and the World.”
“Omran Sharaf is the Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager ‘Hope Probe’ at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre. [Sharaf] worked as a Command and Data Handling Subsystem Engineer in DubaiSat-1 and as a System Engineer on DubaiSat-2.”
Source: Gulf News