The Hope Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, was scheduled to launch the probe on Wednesday July 15.
However, the probe mission was delayed because of the torrential rains at the launch site in Tanegashima Island, Japan. The mission group tweeted on Wednesday that the probe launch will take off this month, but did not indicate a date. The new date will be announced in the next 24 hours.
After extensive meetings, the UAE Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center through discussions with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, announced further delay of the Mars Hope Probe launch due to unstable weather conditions at the launch site in Tanegashima Island, Japan.— UAEGov (@uaegov) July 15, 2020
UAE’s Big Hope
The Hope Mars Mission spacecraft costs US $200 million and carries an infrared spectrometer, an ultraviolet spectrometer and a camera. If everything works as planned, Hope will spend about seven months traveling to Mars, arriving in early 2021 and will spend orbiting the red planet till the end of 2022. It’s all part of the Mars 2117 Strategy, seeking to build the first settlement on Mars within the next 100 years.
Before this, Dubai will see the first of its kind Mars Science City, which will cover 1.9 million sq ft. The ambitious scale of the project makes it the largest space simulation city ever built, and is intended to provide a realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars.
Part of this project, a museum will also be constructed using 3D printing technology and sand from the Emirati desert within the science city to display humanities greatest space achievements.