The two Mars moons were projected over the skies of Dubai to celebrate the first Emirate mission to the Red Planet.
The United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) carried out the campaign in the hope that it would become viral to excite the Hope mission to explore the mysterious atmosphere of Mars. Hope arrived at orbit around Mars on Tuesday (February 9th).
Images of the Martian moons of Phobos and Deimos were projected a few hours before the Hope probe began the 27-minute Mars orbit maneuver to reach the planet’s target.
“To celebrate this historic achievement and the great work of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center, a“ double moon ”was seen in Dubai – repeating what was seen from the surface of Mars – broadcast in the desert sky of the UAE,” the government said in a statement.
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Footage published in the media shows that the campaign is taking place in the desert. The way the projection is accomplished isn’t clear in the video, but you can see an image of the Martian moons suspended on cranes, along with the nearby lights that were presumably involved in radiating the image into the sky.
While visitors to the region are limited by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, those who go through immigration today will stamp their passports with basalt stone ink, the UAE government added. Basalt can be found in both the UAE and Mars, and the ink was “collected and created for this great occasion,” the statement said.
Several monuments were lit red in the color of Mars around the UAE, BBC correspondent Jonathan Amos said on Tuesday (February 9). “It must be a nerve-wracking day, but I can’t wait.” he added.
The hope is intended to inspire the emirates and encourage the country as it seeks to enter new, environmentally friendly industries after becoming richer in oil in recent decades.
The mission launched in July 2020 and is just one of three that will arrive on Mars this month, along with the Tianwen-1 mission in China on Wednesday (February 10) and a NASA Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter (February 18).
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