UAE postpones mission to Mars due to weather conditions at Japanese launch site | World | News


By Lisa Barrington

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates postponed the launch of its Mars mission to July 17 due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the UAE government communications office said on Tuesday.

Hope for the United Arab Emirates was to take off from the Japanese space center at Tanegashima at 12:51 p.m. United Arab Emirates time (2051 GMT Tuesday) for a seven-month trip to the red planet where it was to orbit and send data back to the United Arab Emirates. ‘atmosphere. .

“The United Arab Emirates space mission, the first interplanetary mission in the Arab world, will be launched on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:43 p.m. UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43 p.m. GMT) from the Tanegashima space center “Tweeted the government communications office.

There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send two more this year.

The UAE, an oil-exporting country, announced plans for the mission for the first time in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge-based economy, aimed at reaching the planet of here 2021.

With a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, the United Arab Emirates lacks the scientific and industrial base of the major space nations. He launched a national space program in 2017 to develop expertise in space science among the Emirates.

Hazza al-Mansouri became the first space emirate in September 2019 during a flight to the International Space Station.

To develop and build the Hope probe, Emiratis and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Dubai Space Center (MBRSC) worked with American educational institutions with expertise in space science.

The UAE government has announced an ambitious goal to settle Mars by 2117.

(This story corrects paragraph 7 to show that Hazza al-Mansouri was the first Emirati in space, not the first Arab)

(Report by Lisa Barrington; Edited by Andrew Heavens and Ed Osmond)


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