- Press Release
- Jan 30, 2023
NASA Exercises Delta II Contract Option for Mars 2003 Rover
George H. Diller
KSC Release No. 111-00
NASA today announced that it is exercising a contract option with the Boeing
Company for a Delta II vehicle to launch the Mars Exploration Rover 2
(MER-B). The spacecraft is scheduled for launch at the beginning of a
21-day planetary window that opens on June 27, 2003. This firm-fixed price
option is covered under the NASA Launch Services contract (NAS10-00-001)
officially awarded by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on June 16, 2000 to:
Delta Launch Services, Inc.
5301 Bolsa Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2099
NASA’s total launch services budget for the MER-B campaign is approximately
$68 million dollars.
The goals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2003 mission are to land a roving
vehicle on Mars for science observations that will help determine the water,
climatic and geological history of a site on Mars where conditions may have
been favorable to the preservation of evidence of life or associated
NASA’s Mars Program is managed by the NASA Headquarters Office of Space
Science, Washington, D.C. The MER-B spacecraft project is managed for NASA
by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Ca.