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UAE postpones Mars mission to July 17 because of unhealthy climate at Japan launch pad

UAE postpones Mars mission to July 17 due to bad weather at Japan launch pad


The United Arab Emirates has been pressured to reschedule its maiden mission to Mars because of unhealthy climate on the launch pad. The Hope Probe is now anticipated to go away Earth on July 17, as a substitute of July 14.

“The UAE’s house mission, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, will launch on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT) from Tanegashima Area Heart,” the federal government communications workplace tweeted.

The mission was initially slated to depart Japan’s Tanegashima Area Heart at 12:51am UAE time on Wednesday (2051 GMT Tuesday) however the heavens opened and rain started to pour down within the hours previous to launch.

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The seven-month flight to Mars must wait just some extra days. When it does launch, the probe will be part of the eight missions already exploring the Purple Planet, and collect atmospheric information from orbit.

The UAE introduced plans for a mission to Mars in 2014, with the objective of reaching the Purple Planet by 2021. The nation has additionally introduced the lofty objective of building a settlement on Mars by 2117.

Each China and the US are because of ship extra missions there later this yr earlier than the launch window closes till 2022.

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