UAE reschedules Mars mission launch to between July 20-22

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The UAE's Hope Probe to Mars will be launched sometime between July 20-22 depending on weather conditions.

That's according to the Dubai Media Office, which said the exact launch date will be confirmed soon.

The mission was postponed twice this week due to unfavourable weather conditions at the launch site in Japan.

The UAE Space Agency and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre have announced persistent thunderstorms and continued unstable conditions over the coming days at Tanegashima Island.

The Probe was initially scheduled to lift off on Wednesday, July 15 (00:51 UAE time), and was later pushed to Friday, July 17 (00:43 UAE time).

The team behind the mission has a window until August 3 to launch the probe.

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