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Fraser
2003-Jul-08, 06:23 PM
SUMMARY: NASA has pushed back the launch of its second Mars Exploration rover, "Opportunity", again; this time because of a battery failure on the Boeing Delta II booster. The launch has now been set for Tuesday, July 8 at 0235 GMT (10:35 pm EDT Monday). Even this launch date is at risk, though, as there's a 30% chance of weather problems. It looks like the previous problem with the booster's cork insulation has been resolved; although, engineers will be performing further tests to ensure that everything's fine. The spacecraft must launch before July 15 in order to reach Mars.

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jkmccrann
2005-Oct-21, 08:53 AM
I think our launch systems are going to have to become a helluva lot more robust before we can truly count ouselves as a space-faring civilisation, which is a pity. But I trust that Opportunity did indeed launch within the time-frame specified?

ToSeek
2005-Oct-21, 02:10 PM
Opportunity has been roving around on Mars for over 600 days now. (http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#opportunity)