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Hope the start of Mars has been delayed: the weather is shifting the UAE’s historic mission again



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The Hope probe (Al Amal) orbits Mars in a 55-day orbit and analyzes its atmosphere.

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The United Arab Emirates will have to wait a little longer to write history with its first interplanetary mission to Mars. On Wednesday, weather conditions again forced the United Arab Emirates Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid space center to delay the departure of Hope, a car-sized probe to investigate the Martian atmosphere.

Hope was scheduled to launch on Friday, July 17, from Tanegashima, a Japanese island in the North Pacific, in a Mitsubishi H-IIA booster. The mission team tweeted on Wednesday that the launch would take place later this month, but didn’t give a date. Japan has seen heavy rain and flooding in the past week.

How to watch the Hope probe launch to Mars

The probe is started with a Mitsubishi H-IIA booster. The missile is not quite as famous as it is Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy rockets from SpaceXBut it has a great start-up history with over 40 successful launches, mostly Japanese satellite systems.

As soon as we have a date, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center will broadcast a live stream of the launch from Japan, which you can see via this link.

A great hope

Hope is the first interplanetary mission led by an Arab country with a Muslim majority. If it is successful, it will add another nation to the list of Mars researchers.

“The intention was not to send a message or statement to the world,” Sarah Al Amiri, chair of the UAE Science Council and deputy project manager for the Emirates Mars Mission, told CNET in March. “For us, it was more of an internal reinforcement of what the UAE is about.” The historic start will be broadcast live worldwide.

The satellite will investigate the connections between the lower and upper atmosphere of Mars and what causes the loss of hydrogen and oxygen in space. It will collect data for two years after it reached orbit around Mars in February 2021. There is a possibility to extend the mission until 2025.

There are three instruments on board Hope that allow the probe to examine the Martian atmosphere more intensively. There is a high resolution camera called Emirates eXploration Imager, a UV imager called Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer and a scan infrared imager called Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer.




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