To mark the historic moment that the UAE Hope Probe reaches Mars’ orbit, residents were provided with a glimpse of what it would be like on the Red Planet… With the two moons of Mars appearing mysteriously in the night sky of Dubai.
The truth behind the phenomenon of the two moons that have been spotted in the night skies of the UAE have been revealed….
Whilst some residents claimed that the strange circular formations in the sky could be the result of extra-terrestrial activity, they were revealed in fact to be the result of a spectacular projection, created to mark the historic moment the UAE Hope Probe enters Mars’ orbit.
Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos – and so using the latest technology that has never before been used in the Middle East, the images of these two moons were projected into the night skies in Dubai… with no explanation.
Two giant 100-meter cranes and an advanced 40-meter screen were also used to make the moons appear realistically in the sky and visible from long distances. The idea was to create a way that allows everyone to see what the Hope Probe is capturing 500 million miles away
Residents were at first left baffled by the two mysterious rock-like formations, with footage going viral across social media. The mysterious sighting brought the whole of the UAE together – from generation to generation – as the details behind the two moons were revealed, educating people further about the wonders of the Red Planet.
People gazing up into the night sky were able to see what it would be like on the Red Planet, coinciding with the momentous occasion of the Hope Probe entering the orbit of Mars.
The activation is set to educate future generations about the space mission, with the sense that one day in the future we might be able to live on this planet.
The stunt was created to mark the historic mission of the UAE’s Hope Probe, which entered Mars’ orbit at 19:57 GST (15:57 GMT) on Tuesday 9th February 2021, following a 493,500,000 km seven-month journey. This great feat – completed on time, on budget, and in a 6-year programme as opposed to a usual 10-year development time – will make the Emirates the fifth player to ever reach Mars*.
Hope’s mission is focused on atmospheric dynamics – the first to explore the atmosphere of Mars globally while sampling both diurnal and seasonal timescales. It hopes to use these findings to allow us to better understand our own planet, and others in the universe.
Additional Information: The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) and its Hope spacecraft, represent the Emirates’ vision for the future. A post-oil future, where the knowledge and capabilities of those in the Emirates are the wealth of the nation, in addition to, being the source of stability and readiness of tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities. The mission’s ownership lies with the Emirates’ cabinet.
Finally, a recurring theme within the mission is that EMM is not about sending a probe to Mars; but represents a greater hope for the region, that in empowering the youth in the fields of science and technology and having overarching goals; nations today, just like our ancestors, can aspire to reach for the stars, contribute on a global scale and creating impactful policies that will influence generations to come.