The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's memories live on in the hearts and minds of the UAE's citizens and residents and his words have been immortalised in the digital space.
A video showing a hologram of the country's beloved founder talking about 'hope' has gone viral ahead of the launch of the UAE's Mars probe that's called 'Hope'. Posted by the Ministry of Defence on Twitter, the country's beloved founder is seen talking about the work leaders should do for their people. "History records, eyes of people see, and minds know the difference. Work for hope, because hope is the actual value of humans."
The video then shows His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspecting the preparations for the Hope probe, which is scheduled to take off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre on July 15 at 00:51:27 UAE time.
The UAE's probe is the first Arab space mission to the Red Planet.
In the video, Sheikh Mohammed talks about the country's united vision and refers to Sheikh Zayed's ambitions to reach space from the desert.
"Sheikh Zayed used to invite astronauts to Abu Dhabi, to ask them questions and talk to them. He had ambitions to reach space, and thank God, his sons and our brothers reached the skies, among the stars. We don't recognise the word 'impossible', and that is why we chose the name Hope probe," he said.
Sheikh Mohammed added that he and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, "love the impossible".
The Hope probe is expected to reach the Red Planet in the first quarter of 2021, which will mark the golden jubilee of the emirates' union, in 1971. It aims to give mankind a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. Data collected will be shared with over 200 research centres across the world.
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