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UAE Mars Launch postponed

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:49 pm
by brian livesey
Due to violent lightning storms and heavy rain, the United Arab Emirates Mars orbiter launch from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre was put on hold earlier today. The Mars orbiter Amal, carried on a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' H-11A rocket, is set to reach Mars in 2021.
The launch is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the gulf state's foundation. Two more Mars launches are expected in a few days time by the US and China. Japan's own Mars launch is planned in 2024.