Unfavorable weather forced the postponement. Launch window of the mission goes until August 13
The launch of the first Arab Emirates mission to Mars, called Hope, was officially postponed until Sunday, July 19, at 6:51 pm (Brasília time).
The mission should have taken off from the space base of Tanegashima, Japan, last Tuesday (14) at 3:51 pm (Brasilia time), but the departure was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions in the region. The expectation was to launch the following day (15), but again the climate was a postponement.
The launch window extends until August 13, otherwise it will be necessary to wait for a new favorable alignment between Earth and Mars, something that will only happen in 2022.
The mission’s objective is to put into orbit a satellite that will study the atmosphere of Mars, generating a map of its climate system over a Martian year, the equivalent of 1.8 terrestrial years. Like Earth, Mars has stations that influence winds, temperature, condensation and ice evaporation, etc.
Hope is just one of three missions to Mars that will be launched over this month. Around the 23rd (exact date not yet defined), China launches Tianwen-1, its first attempt to reach the red planet. It aims to place a satellite in orbit and a small vehicle (rover) on the ground, to study the climate, magnetic field and soil of the planet.
And around the 30th (again, exact date not yet set) the US should launch Mars 2020, which will take the Perseverance rover to a location on the planet known as the Jezero Crater, in search of signs of past life.
The Curiosity design-based rover, which has been exploring Mars for 8 years and has a list of 10.9 million names of space enthusiasts, a tribute to the health professionals working in the Covid-19 combat and a small experimental helicopter, called Ingenuity.
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