Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Wind delays rover's move to launch pad

High winds delayed this morning's planned move to the launch pad of the next Mars rover, but NASA says there's no impact to a planned day-after-Thanksgiving launch.

Move of the Mars Science Laboratory from Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility to Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is now anticipated after midnight tonight.

The Mini Cooper-sized rover, nicknamed Curiosity, was enclosed in a payload fairing last week and hoisted on a transporter this morning. At LC-41, it will be placed atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket inside its vertical processing tower.

Launch of the $2.5 billion mission is targeted for 10:25 a.m. EST Nov. 25.

IMAGE: On July 18, technicians at Kennedy Space Center prepared NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, known as Curiosity, for instrument mast and science boom deployment testing. Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin

1 comment:

charioteer said...

Doesn't it appear that all of NASA's posts are so glamorous and seeming well-intentioned? Think again. They have an agenda to militarize space with their warmongering technology, at the expense of our atmospheric envelope, and all life that depends upon our 'ocean of air'.

At NASA's environmental cleanup page,, it says, "We take full responsibility for any problems caused by past practices and ensuring the protection of the environment and the health of the surrounding community."

That's all well and good, now what about the ongoing SOLID ROCKET FUEL program? Is this present technology ensuring the protection of the environment?

Here is the censored TRUTH of how NASA really salutes its veterans:

Float to space instead of rocketing there, and accomplish everything by BUOYANCY, at 25 miles altitude, that was being done 14X further, at 350 miles out.

Also, documentation of how Nazi turned into NASA, and still continues to wage war upon our environment: