European Space Agency says Hope Probe’s findings on global dust storms important for future human missions

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ABU DHABI, 16th July 2020 (WAM) — The UAE’s Mars Mission, Hope Probe, is expected to give a better understanding of the global dust storms, which will be crucial for future human missions to Mars, according to the European Space Agency, ESA.

“The Hope Probe will be a major contribution to the Mars science community,” the ESA said in a statement issued to Emirates News Agency, WAM.

The agency’s comments came ahead of the Hope Probe’s launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre during a three-week long window ending 3rd August, possibly between 20th and 22nd July. Weather conditions caused a delay to the scheduled launch twice ‘ 14th and 17th July.

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Countdown to Mars: three daring missions take aim at the red planet

The US rover Perseverance will land in Mars’s Jezero Crater (circled in yellow).Credit: Emily Lakdawalla/ISRO/ISSDC

Three times in the coming month or so, rockets will light their engines and set course for Mars. A trio of nations ‘ the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ‘ will be sending robotic emissaries to the red planet, hoping to start new chapters of exploration there.

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NASA hopes that its mission to Mars ‘ a six-wheeled, three-metre-long rover named Perseverance ‘ will be the start of a much bigger journey. If all goes to plan, Perseverance will extract and store samples of Martian rocks that a future mission will one day pick up and bring back to Earth, possibly by 2031. It would be the first-ever sample return from Mars.

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Date: 2020-07-07
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The space station is getting a new toilet later this year

Later this year, if all goes well, the International Space Station will receive a very important delivery: a new and improved toilet system.

It has a fancier name, of course; officially, the commode is NASA’s Universal Waste Management System (UWMS). The system is designed to bridge the gap between current lavatorial space technology and what humans will need to make extended visits to, say, Mars, in comfort. But there’s nothing like a plumbing problem to make any trip seem much longer than it is, so before engineers take UWMS that far from the comforts of home, they want to test it in orbit.

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Update: July 6, 2020 ‘ Due to processing delays in preparations to unite the spacecraft with the rocket, the first launch attempt will be no earlier than July 30 at 4:50 a.m. PDT (7:50 a.m. EDT). The launch period has been expanded to Aug. 15. Dates updated below.’‘ Read more

Perseverance, NASA’s most advanced Mars rover yet, is scheduled to leave Earth for its seven-month journey to the Red Planet this summer.

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Last month was warmest May on record says EU climate monitor

Last month was the warmest May on record with global temperatures 1.13’F (0.63’C) above average, according to the European Union’s climate change monitor.

Globally, warm temperatures reached up to 18’F (10’C) above the average for May’over parts of Siberia,’Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has revealed.

In Europe, temperatures ‘deviated quite substantially’ from the average for May between 1981 and 2010’from Scandinavia to the Balkans.

The average temperature over England was ‘not exceptional’, although the country did have its sunniest month and driest May on record, according to the Met Office.’

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Date: 2020-06-05T12:25:17+0100
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