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Visitors in UAE to get ‘Martian Ink’ stamp in passport

Visitors arriving at UAE will get a Martian ink stamp on their passports, in the entering of Hope Probe’s historic arrival to Mars on February 9.

The Mars Mission UAE is going to be successfull on Tuesday, 9 February as the 7-month journey through space nears its end.

The stamp is produce by the UAE Government Media in collaboration with Dubai Airports. It is a memorable reminder of a new era for Arabs in time and space with a special message written in both English and Arabic. That says: “You’ve arrived in the Emirates. The Emirates is arriving at Mars on 09.02.2021.”

The stamp is printed in the red ink. It also shows the logo of Hope Probe entering the Red Planet and emblem of the UAE’s ambition and guiding principle that “Impossible is Possible,” according to a statement released by the UAE Government Media Office (GMO) on February 9.

Many UAE visitors already had the stamp on February 7. The special passport stamp marks the Hope Probe’s arrival on Mars on February 9. When it will enter its most final phase of Mars orbit insertion. If successful, the probe will then shift to its scientific orbit to provide the first complete picture of the atmosphere in Mars.

Executive director of Production and Digital Communication Sector. UAE Government Media Office, Khaled Al Shehhi said: “On July 20-20, the world watched in excitement as Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope Probe blasted off towards Mars. Now, 7 months later, on February 9-21, the Hope Probe is ready to arrive to the Red Planet’s orbit. It is a major milestone for us and for the Arab world. That embodies hope and conveys the ambition and motivation of the people. In overcoming the most pressing challenges to realise their dreams.”

In addition he said, To commemorate this historic occasion and celebrate the mission’s amazing victory with the rest of the world. We have created a unique stamp printed with ‘Martian Ink’. This will be embosse on the passports of all the visitors to UAE arriving this time for a limited period”.

The red ink is not from Mars actually. According to GMO, the stamp is produce from the world’s 1st ‘Martian Ink,’. It is extracted from volcanic basalt rocks that give Mars its distinct rusty colour. “The rocks were collected during a special mission to the UAE’s eastern Al-Hajar-Mountains and Sharjah’s Mleiha Desert by gemologists-experts. They crush into fine paste and also dried in sun, and mixed with adhesives to create 3 separate colours. That represent the Red Planet — ready for stamping into the passports of many visitors.”

One can only find Basalt rocks in certain parts of the world. Back tens of millions of years and give the UAE’s mountain ranges their distinct rugged look. The Probe’s historic journey to the Red Planet coincides with a year of celebrations to mark the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

Written by Martha Paul

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