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The Emirates Mars Mission launch has been delayed, citing weather conditions

The UAE's historic Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), which is seen as a scientific breakthrough for the Arab region and the world as a whole, has been postponed.

Adverse weather conditions have been cited as the reason The launch was originally scheduled for today The new launch date is now on Friday July 17th

The Hope Mars Mission, which will see the UAE launch a probe to Mars in a monumental historic event, has now been delayed. Originally scheduled for a 20:51 GMT launch today from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, the Mission is now set to kick off on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT). This is according to an announcement today by the UAE government. 

The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is the UAE’s first mission to Mars. EMM is designed to orbit Mars and study the dynamics in the Martian atmosphere on a global scale, and on both diurnal and seasonal timescales. Using three scientific instruments on board of the spacecraft, EMM will provide a set of measurements fundamental to an improved understanding of circulation and weather in the Martian lower and middle atmosphere. Combining such data with the monitoring of the upper layers of the atmosphere, EMM measurements will reveal the mechanisms behind the upward transport of energy and particles, and the subsequent escape of atmospheric particles from the gravity of Mars. 

Objectives of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM)

“The probe’s scheduled launch date of July 15 represented the opening of the launch window for the Emirates Mars Mission, which extends to August 13, 2020. Regardless of when it launches during this 30-day window, it is expected reach the Martian orbit in February 2021,” Khaleej Times writes. “The probe aims to give mankind a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere. Data collected will be shared with over 200 research centres across the world.”

You can watch the launch on Friday here: