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August 03, 2004

Messenger Bottled Up By Weather

Mercury Probe Launch Rescheduled For Tuesday

(Watch this space, as they say. ANN will provide updated information on the launch of Messenger throughout the day on Tuesday --ed.) The launch of NASA’s Messenger spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket was postponed Monday morning due to lightning potential from residual clouds associated with Tropical Storm Alex.  The launch has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 3 at 2:15:56 a.m. EDT at the opening of a 12-second launch window. The weather forecast calls for a 30% chance of not meeting the launch weather criteria.

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