DUBAI | The united arab Emirates have announced the postponement of the launch of the probe “Hope” to Mars, which was scheduled for Tuesday at 20: 51 universal time from a space center in Japan, because of bad weather.
“The space Agency of the united arab Emirates and the space centre in Mohammed bin Rashid, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, announce the postponement of the launch of the probe “Hope” because of the (bad) weather,” said a gazouilli of the government of emirates.
The launch from the space center japanese Tanegashima has been rescheduled for Thursday at 20: 43 universal time, according to the same source.
The program of emirates is one of the three ongoing projects to the red planet, to the sides of the Tianwen-1 of China, and in March 2020 in the United States, who take advantage of the period where Earth and Mars are closest: only 55 million kilometers from one another.
“Hope,” “Al-Amal” in Arabic — is expected to reach the orbit of Mars in February 2021, marking the 50th anniversary of the unification of the united arab Emirates, a federation of seven members headed by sheikhs.
Once on orbit, it will circle the planet for an entire martian year, or 687 days. The probe should be detached from the launch vehicle approximately one hour after take-off.