Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory Delayed Until November 26

NASA's web site reports that the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory has been pushed back until Saturday November 26.

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has been delayed one day to allow time for the team to remove and replace a flight termination system battery. The launch is rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The one hour and 43 minute launch window opens at 10:02 a.m. EST.

The Monday, Nov. 21 schedule of prelaunch tours and briefings will remain the same. Rollout of the Atlas V to the launch pad moves to Friday, Nov. 25. The rest of the week's briefings and events are being reevaluated and a new prelaunch schedule will be issued on Monday.

UPDATE Novermber 20, 2011Florida Today has a major feature on the Mars Science Laboratory.

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