UAE reschedules Mars mission launch to between July 20 and 22

DUBAI (REUTERS) – The United Arab Emirates has rescheduled the launch of its mission to Mars to a preliminary window between July 20 and July 22, depending on weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the government’s communications office said on Thursday (July 16).

The launch of the UAE’s Hope Probe from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre has been delayed twice due to unsettled weather.

The first Arab space mission to Mars sets out to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.
The first Arab space mission to Mars sets out to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere.PHOTO: AFP

The probe is set to make a seven-month journey to the Red Planet before orbiting it and sending back data about the atmosphere.

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