Arabs to Mars slogan- photo courtesy of Hope Mars Mission Facebook page
CAIRO – 11 February 2021: Egypt’s Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb congratulated the UAE on its successful mission to Mars (HopeProbe), describing it as a “monumental achievement.”
“Another landmark Arab achievement with the Hope Probe entering the orbit around the planet Mars. We congratulate the UAE on this monumental achievement which will afford Arab youth a real chance at competing internationally in space research, as well as empowering future generations capable of implementing the latest technology in the service of humanity,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
The HopeProbe has successfully entered the orbit of Mars on Monday, making the UAE the first Arab country to ever successfully enter Mars’ orbit on its first trial.
Cairo Tower lit up in sparkling red to celebrate the arrival of the United Arab Emirates' Hope Probe to Mars on Tuesday.
It should be noted that the UAE is the first Arab country and the fifth country in history to reach Mars.
“204 days and more than 480 million kms later, the #HopeProbe is now in the Capture Orbit of #Mars,” the official Twitter account of the Hope Mars Mission tweeted shortly afterward, with the hashtag #ArabsToMars.
Earlier, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi hailed the arrival of the UAE's spacecraft to the "red planet", calling this an unprecedented step in scientific research, as it heralds a major scientific boom in the Arab region.
He greeted the UAE leadership and people for the successful scientific experience that aims to explore new horizons in space.