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UAE Mars Hope probe launch delayed to Friday because of adverse weather conditions

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on July 14, 2020
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The probe was scheduled to launch at 00.51 on July 15.

The launch of the UAE's Mars probe has been postponed, it was announced on Tuesday. The Hope probe was scheduled to launch at 00.51 on July 15.

It will now launch on Friday, July 17, at 12.43am UAE time.

"The UAE Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, have announced a delay of the Emirates Mars Mission's Hope Probe launch due to the weather conditions at the launch site of Tanegashima Island in Japan," the UAE Government tweeted.

The probe's scheduled launch date of July 15 represented the opening of the launch window for the Emirates Mars Mission, which extends to August 3, 2020. Regardless of when it launches during this launch window, it is expected reach the Martian orbit in February 2021.

The probe aims to give mankind a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. Data collected will be shared with over 200 research centres across the world.


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