The launch was postponed from 2051 GMT Tuesday because of inclement weather at the remote Japanese launch site, but remains well within the launch window which runs until August 13. The Emirati project is one of three racing to Mars, including Tianwen-1 from China and Mars 2020 from the United States, taking advantage of the period when the Earth and Mars are nearest: some 55 million kilometres (34 million miles) apart. "Hope" -- or Al-Amal in Arabic -- is expected to reach Mars's orbit by February 2021, marking the 50th anniversary of the unification of the UAE, an alliance of seven emirates. Once there, it will loop the planet for a whole Martian year, or 687 days. The probe is expected to detach from the launch rocket about an hour after blast-off, which is when the UAE Mars mission's deputy project manager Sarah al-Amiri said the real excitement will begin. "In my heart of hearts, I'm looking forward to the initial 24 hours after separation, and that's where we see the … [Read more...] about UAE plans to launch Mars probe Friday after weather delay
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The first Arab space mission to Mars, an unmanned probe dubbed "Hope", blasted off from Japan on Monday, in a bid to reveal more about the atmosphere of the Red Planet. The Japanese rocket carrying the probe developed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan right on schedule at 6:58 am local time (2158 GMT Sunday). The launch of the probe, known as "Al-Amal" in Arabic, had twice been delayed because of bad weather, but the Monday liftoff appeared smooth and successful. Almost exactly one hour later, a live feed showed people applauding in the Japanese control room as the probe successfully detached. "The launch vehicle trajectory was executed as planned and separation of the Hope spacecraft was confirmed," rocket manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said. In Dubai, the launch was met with rapturous excitement, with the Burj Khalifa -- the world's tallest skyscraper -- lit up hours before liftoff with a symbolic … [Read more...] about First Arab space mission to Mars launches from Japan
Tianwen-1 will use a combination of a capsule, parachute and a retro-rocket to burn off entry speed and slow itself to a stop right at the surface. If all goes well, the landing mechanism will then deploy a ramp to enable the rover to begin its traverse across the Martian plain. … [Read more...] about China’s Tianwen-1 Mars rover rockets away from Earth
While Musk confirmed the group’s idea, he failed to offer any specifics beyond Asia, but people were quick to send suggestions such as Japan and South Korea that both have strong existing automotive industries, and even Vietnam. While obvious advantages lay with the likes of Japan and South Korea for the billionaire’s next move, Musk will know that Vietnam can also offer a stable government, low-cost labour, and strong chances of avoiding mass delays or other obstructions thanks to the current coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about Could Vietnam be on the cards for Tesla?
"It's a real step forwards for Mars exploration, because it shows that other nations - rather than the European Space Agency and Nasa can actually go there - well we hope it will get there. Mars has a very long history of mission failures," she said. … [Read more...] about UAE Mars mission: Hope project a ‘real step forward for exploration’