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