Status Report

MER-A Launch Delayed for 24 Hours

By SpaceRef Editor
June 9, 2003
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Launch of the MER-A spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II vehicle scheduled
for June 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. has been postponed
for an additional 24 hours.

Due to similar weather conditions today with approaching thunderstorms,
mission managers opted to call off today’s launch attempt prior to fueling
the launch vehicle. The weather forecast for tomorrow is significantly
improved with a 30 percent chance of violation of weather criteria.

The launch times available for Tuesday, June 10 are 1:58:47 p.m. and
2:36:49 p.m. EDT.

NASA Television countdown coverage will begin 12 noon EDT tomorrow.

Accreditation of news media for launch will begin at 12 noon at Gate 1,
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., with departure for Press Site 1
at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

SpaceRef staff editor.