UAE postpones launch of Hope Mars Mission due to weather conditions 

UAE postpones launch of Hope Mars Mission due to weather conditions 
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Updated 14 July 2020

UAE postpones launch of Hope Mars Mission due to weather conditions 

UAE postpones launch of Hope Mars Mission due to weather conditions 
  • Mission to explore Mars will be now launch on Friday July 17
  • It will send an unmanned probe called ‘Hope’ to study the Martian atmosphere and climate

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirate’s probe mission to Mars was postponed on Tuesday due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) said.

The UAE mission to explore Mars will be launched on Friday July 17, at 12:43 a.m. UAE time, the agency explained,  as weather conditions at the launch site on Tanegashima Island were not suitable.

The Mars probe was a deal signed by MBRSC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) company.

The mission will send an unmanned probe called ‘Hope’ to study the Martian atmosphere and climate. Hope’ will be a spacecraft, roughly the size of a car. The probe is expected to arrive at Mars between January and March of 2021 to coincide with the country’s 50th anniversary.

If it reaches Mars, it will be the first-ever successful Arab mission to another planet.


Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew

Updated 03 December 2020

Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew

Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew
  • Mosques, schools, universities and kindergartens will be closed from Saturday in the Gaza Strip, excluding high schools and nurseries
  • Medical and political sources warned last week of a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY: New measures to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Gaza Strip were announced on Thursday by the interior ministry of Hamas, which rules the Palestinian enclave.
Mosques, schools, universities and kindergartens will be closed from Saturday in the Gaza Strip, excluding high schools and nurseries, the interior ministry said in a statement.
A night-time curfew was also set to start from Saturday, lasting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 am, while a full lockdown will be imposed on Fridays and Saturdays from December 11 through to the end of the month.
Shops and other premises must close by 6:00 p.m. and people must be home by 6:30 pm, compared to 8:00 p.m. under the previous curfew rules.
Medical and political sources warned last week of a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip, saying the situation was “out of control.”
The enclave, a small, densely populated territory with two million inhabitants under an Israeli blockade, closed its borders early in the pandemic and only allowed a limited number of people to enter, requiring them to isolate for three weeks in quarantine centers.
Up until mid-August, authorities in Gaza had only recorded around 100 Covid-19 cases.
But in the past two weeks, containment of the virus has deteriorated in Gaza, with hundreds of new infections announced per day, resulting in a total of 23,023 cases and 122 deaths.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is among those who have recently been infected by the virus, the movement said Tuesday.