New date for UAE’s Mars Mission; Launch moved to 20-22 July window

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The UAE’s historic Mars Mission with Hope Probe is now expected to be launched sometime between July 20-22 depending on weather conditions.

That’s according to the Dubai Media Office, which said the exact launch date will be confirmed at “a later time”.

The mission was postponed twice this week due to unsettled weather conditions at the launch site in Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center. The probe is set to make a seven-month journey to the red planet before orbiting it and sending back data about the atmosphere.

The Probe was initially scheduled to lift off on Wednesday, July 14 (20:51 GMT time), and was later pushed to Friday, July 16 (20:43 GMT time). The team behind the mission has a window until August 3 to launch the probe.