UAE Mars Mission launch: latest updates as Hope probe prepares for lift off

Follow our coverage as the UAE prepares to become the first Arab nation to reach the Red Planet

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The UAE is heading back into space – and this time it is to Mars.

Lift off was scheduled for 12.51am UAE time, on July 15, from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre but has since been postponed due to poor weather.

On Tuesday, the UAE Government said the probe would be launched on Friday, July 17, at 12.43am UAE time.

Emirati engineers in Japan have been doing final checks on the probe since April.

Once launched, Hope will take seven months to reach the Red Planet, where it will capture images and study Mars. Follow the latest developments here.

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Updated: July 14, 2020 02:49 PM