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The Government Communications Office said on Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates had postponed its mission to launch Mars until July 17 due to conditions at the Japanese launch .

The UAE’s “Hope Probe” was originally scheduled to depart from the Tanegashima Center in Japan at 12:51 am UAE time on Wednesday (U.S. Standard Time) to go to this orbiting red for seven months and send back relevant data. atmosphere.

The Government Communications Office said on Twitter: “The space mission in the United Arab Emirates is the interplanetary mission in the Arab world. It will be held on July 17, 2020 (Friday) at 12:43 am UAE time (Greenwich Mean Time). July 16, 2020, 8:43 PM GMT) launch.”

Currently, there are eight active missions exploring Mars. Some revolve around the earth, some land on the surface of the earth. China and the United States will send it twice this year.

The United Arab Emirates is an oil exporting . The first announced its plan to implement this mission in 2014. This is part of the effort to achieve diversification away from hydrocarbons and the development of a knowledge economy, with the goal of reaching the earth by 2021.

The UAE has a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, so it lacks the and industrial base of a large aerospace country. It launched the National Space Program in 2017 to develop expertise in the field of aerospace science in the UAE.

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Hazza al-Mansouri flew to the International Space in September 2019, becoming the first Emirates in space.

In order to develop and build the “Hope Probe”, Emirates and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) collaborated with American educational institutions with expertise in space science.

The UAE government announced an ambitious goal of achieving Mars settlement by 2117.

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