UAE Mars mission from Japan delayed again by weather

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 20, 2020

If successful, the Hope Mars probe will join six other orbiters from the US, Europe and India that are now surveying the Red Planet. You can also watch at YouTube below and set a reminder, if you need. On July 15, weather conditions forced a second delay to the UAE Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center's mission to the red planet. A rocket carrying the unmanned spacecraft, called Amal (Hope in Arabic) was due to launch at 05:51am local time tomorrow (20:51 GMT tonight) at the Tanegashima Space Center. While the eventual success of the mission is yet unknown, Hope demonstrates the UAE's commitment to building domestic technological capabilities and is a clear indication that the government possesses both the resources and the resolve to carry out a bold economic transition.

The probe aims to give mankind a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. EMIRS is an interferometric thermal infrared spectrometer created to provide a unique view of the lower and middle atmosphere of the planet, measuring the distribution of dust particles and ice clouds while tracking the movement of water vapor and heat through the atmosphere. And the third, an ultraviolet spectrometer, is set to measure oxygen and hydrogen levels from a distance of up to 43,000 kilometres from the surface.

The United Arab Emirates is comprised of seven emirates, including the capital Abu Dhabi and Dubai. So far, the UAE sent nine satellites in orbit with huge plans to send another batch in the following years.

In September past year, it sent the first Emirati into space - Hazza al-Mansouri, who was part of a three-member crew. Hazza al-Mansouri is now the first Arab to visit the ISS. The Hope mission also supports several key goals of NASA's Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group related to preparing for human exploration of Mars.

Dubai has hired architects to imagine what a Martian city might look like and recreate it in its desert as "Science City", at a cost of around 500 million dirhams (135 million dollars).

Under a national space strategy launched previous year, the UAE is also eyeing future mining projects beyond Earth and space tourism and has signed a memorandum of understanding with Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic.

Ethelene is the main editor on DualDove, she likes to write on the latest science news.

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