The event was held at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, which proved to be the perfect backdrop for the event accompanying the UAE’s announcement of its Mission to Mars. This newly announced Mars mission has been named "Al Amal," which means “Hope.” The plan is for the probe to be launched in July 2020 and to reach Mars’ orbit sometime in 2021, which will be the nation’s 50th anniversary.
“Al Amal” will be the first satellite to orbit Mars with the purpose of collecting data on Mars’ weather, climate and atmosphere. The collection of this data will be incredibly helpful to international scientists and the mission as a whole will have a lasting impact on this field of research. “Al Amal” is yet another action taken by the UAE that solidifies itself as a leader for innovation.
The Director General of the UAE Space Agency, Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, spoke highly about this new mission at the December 2nd event. Dr. Al Ahbabi believes that the “Al Amal” mission will continue UAE’s development and prosperity as an international leader.
At the event, UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba, shared a similar sentiment about the UAE’s history, present and future. He congratulated the country’s current and past leadership and citizens. Since its creation 44 years ago, the UAE has emerged as a leader. The celebration of the UAE’s 44th National Day and its future endeavors in space, represent the country’s focus on innovation, enterprise, technology and creativity.