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United Launch Alliance Readies Rockets

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:52 pm
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ULA Press Release:
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. – In anticipation of the Defense Satellite Program, DSP-23, launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in August, the vehicle was rolled from the horizontal processing facility (HIF) to the pad at Space Launch Complex 37 on June 18. Once at the pad, the rocket was lifted into vertical position to begin launch processing. The DSP-23 launch will be the second Delta IV Heavy and the last launch in the DSP series of satellites for the U.S. government.

Kennedy Space Center, Fla. – On Launch Pad 17-A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the first stage of a Delta II rocket is raised off the transporter beneath the mobile service tower. The rocket is the launch vehicle for the Phoenix spacecraft, targeted for launch on Aug. 3 heading for Mars. Phoenix will land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate. Landing on Mars is planned in May 2008 on arctic ground where a mission currently in orbit, Mars Odyssey, has detected high concentrations of ice just beneath the top layer of soil.

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