UAE probe heads to Mars on Japanese rocket
NHK -- Jul 20
Officials are celebrating a successful launch of a Japanese rocket. It's part of the United Arab Emirates mission to Mars. Scientists and researchers in the UAE hope it will shed new light on the red planet.

The Hope probe began its 7-month journey to Mars on Monday morning. It was carried into space by an "H2A" rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan.

The explorer is about 8 meters wide and weighs roughly 1.5 tons. The UAE plans to put it into Mars' orbit in 2021, when the country celebrates 50 years since its founding.

One of the missions' goals is to help reduce the country's dependence on oil and transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conducted the launch. It is the fourth time the Japanese company has used the H2A vehicle to launch a foreign satellite into space.

Monday's launch was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed due to bad weather.

UAE(アラブ首長国連邦)の火星探査機を載せたH2Aロケットが20日朝、鹿児島の種子島宇宙センターから打ち上げられ、探査機を予定の軌道に投入して打ち上げは成功しました。  H2Aロケット42号機は、午前6時58分に打ち上げられました。その後も順調に飛行を続け、約1時間後に搭載された火星探査機「HOPE」を予定の軌道に投入し、打ち上げは成功しました。火星探査機のHOPEは、UAEが開発したもので建国50周年となる来年に火星を回る軌道への到達を目指します。三菱重工が海外から受注した衛星を打ち上げるのは4回目です。H2Aロケットは、7号機から36機連続で打ち上げに成功しています。

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