Fri, Aug 05, 2005
MRO Being Ready For Wednesday Launch
Launch of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft is
scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7:54 a.m. EDT from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The launch window extends until
0939, a duration of 105 minutes. Liftoff will occur aboard a
Lockheed Martin Atlas V-401 rocket from Launch Complex 41.
Should the launch be postponed for 24 hours for any reason, the
next launch time will be 0750 Aug. 11th.
The MRO, NASA's next big step in the exploration of the Solar
System, will examine Mars in unprecedented detail from low orbit
and return more data about that planet than all previous Solar
System missions combined.
The spacecraft carries six science instruments to inspect
features ranging from the top of Mars' atmosphere to the planet's
underground layers. Researchers will use it to study the history
and distribution of Mars' water. The orbiter will also support
later Mars missions by examining possible landing sites and by
providing a high-data-rate communications relay.
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