UAE - Sends Spacecraft to Mars

Arno Froese

A United Arab Emirates spacecraft rocketed into blue skies from a Japanese launch center at the start of a seven-month journey to Mars on the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. 

At the space center in Dubai, people watching were transfixed by the liftoff, then cheered and clapped, with one woman with offering a celebratory cry common for weddings.

Amal is set to reach Mars in February 2021, the year the UAE celebrates 50 years since the country’s formation. In September that year, Amal will start transmitting Martian atmospheric data, which will be made available to the international scientific community, Sharaf said.

At Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, Emirati men in their traditional white kandora robes and women in their black abayas watched the liftoff. As its stages separated, a cheer went out from men seated on the floor. They began clapping, one using his face mask, worn due to the coronavirus pandemic, to wipe away a tear.

Amal, about the size of a small car, carries three instruments to study the upper atmosphere and monitor climate change while circling the red planet for at least two years. It is set to follow up on NASA’s Maven orbiter sent to Mars in 2014 to study how the planet went from a warm, wet world that may have harbored microbial life during its first billion years, to the cold, barren place of today. Hope also plans to send back images of weather changes. 

Japan has its own Mars mission planned in 2024. It plans to send spacecraft to the Martian moon Phobos to collect samples to bring back to Earth in 2029. 

-apnews.com, 19 July 2020

Arno's commentary

Based on space.com, the distance between earth and Mars is about 56 million kilometers. The speed of light is 300,000 kilometers per second. If there would a thing like a straight lane to Mars, it could be achieved in just 182 seconds at the speed of light. PopularMechanics.com displays live statistics, showing how the planets Mars, Venus, and Mercury constantly change their distance to earth. 

While our position does not necessarily oppose or promote such gigantic undertakings—which, incidentally, would make no difference whatsoever—we do ask the question: what is the real reason for the nations of the world to go the moon, or now to Mars and other planets? There is one word: pride—national pride. Are there any benefits to these so-called space explorations? The answer is none. It does not bring man closer to God, but the opposite is true. In man’s pride and arrogance, he is distancing himself from the Creator more and more. The origin is found in the fallen Morning Star, Lucifer, who proudly exclaims: “… I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14).

We may not fully realize how modern technology is racing toward man’s imagination, spirited by the evil one: “I will be like God.”

Space exploration is also uniting the world. An Arab nation foots the bill to send the rocket to Mars from Japan, in cooperation with the US, Europe, and other powers. The goal: reaching the planets.

What we do know is that God’s commandments have given us dominion over planet earth, not space. In the end, man will fail and God’s righteousness will prevail, for the real space exploration is heaven. That’s the destiny of those who believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. We, the believers, will experience real space travel to the real heavenly planet; that is our real hope based on Scripture.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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