MER-A Mars Exploration Rover Targeted For Launch June 8 | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.24.14 **
** Airborne 11.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.21.14 **
** Airborne 11.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.19.14 **

Wed, May 28, 2003

MER-A Mars Exploration Rover Targeted For Launch June 8

The first of two Mars Exploration Rovers, MER-A, is targeted for launch no earlier than Sunday, June 8 at 2:05:55 p.m. EDT. Liftoff will occur aboard a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle from Pad A at Space Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A second launch opportunity exists at 2:44:07 p.m. EDT, if necessary.

Should launch be delayed by 24 hours, the two launch times available are 2:02:23 p.m. and 2:40:30 p.m. EDT. The planetary launch period window extends through June 19. The second of the two rovers, MER-B, is scheduled to launch June 25.

MER-A will reach Mars on Jan. 4, 2004, and MER-B on Jan. 25. The two MER missions seek to determine the history of climate and water at two sites on Mars where conditions may once have been favorable to life. Both rovers are identical.

Each rover carries five scientific instruments including a panoramic camera and microscope, plus a rock abrasion tool that will grind away the outer surfaces of rocks to expose their interiors for examination. The rovers each weigh approximately 400 pounds. They will navigate themselves around obstacles as they drive across the Martian surface, traveling up to about 130 feet each Martian day. Each rover's prime mission is planned to last three months on Mars.

FMI: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 11.24.14: FAA Ready To Restrict UAVs?, Sonex's 500th!, Trig TT31 AML

Also: SWAPA Files For NMB, XCOR Milestone, RV Video Tips, Levil's New APP, Ready For AirVenture? In breaking news, ANN has learned that the upcoming regs for UAVs are likely to be >[...]

Is The FAA's UAV Policy Imminent?

Some Details Leaking On The Web, AMA Ready With Response Some details of what the FAA plans to propose when it releases its UAV policy are starting to leak out onto the Internet, a>[...]

Airborne 11.21.14: AEA's 3Q/14 Report, Fantasy Of Flight, Modernizing The NAS

Also: Holland Wants Gold, FAA Strangling UAVs?, RAF WWII Trainer For Sale, Bf109s Live, Georgia v Aerospace Engineers The Aircraft Electronics Association has released its third-qu>[...]

Airborne 11.24.14: FAA Ready To Restrict UAVs?, Sonex's 500th!, Trig TT31 AML

Also: SWAPA Files For NMB, XCOR Milestone, RV Video Tips, Levil's New APP, Ready For AirVenture? In breaking news, ANN has learned that the upcoming regs for UAVs are likely to be >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.14)

FAA Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to hire and train tens of thousands of air traffic controllers over the next decade. FAA's>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC