View Full Version : Discussion: Opportunity Launch Delayed Again

2003-Jul-08, 09:59 PM
SUMMARY: The launch of NASA's second Mars Exploration rover, Opportunity, has been delayed again to Monday, July 7 as early as 0243 GMT (10:43 pm EDT Sunday). The delay will give technicians time to ensure that the booster's cork insulation is properly adhered. If all goes well, Opportunity will blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on board a Delta 2 rocket and follow its partner spacecraft, Spirit, already en route to the Red Planet. Launch windows for the spacecraft are available until July 15.

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2006-Jan-03, 05:33 PM
I think its amazing to think about the scientific value these two probes have achieved over the past 18 months, and its amazing to think that they're still actually functioning and providing useful information so long after their so-called `use-by-date' is an absolute credit to all those involved directly with the Mars programme.