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University of Arizona

01.08.2007
The launch of the Phoenix spacecraft has been rescheduled to Aug. 4.

Due to the forecast for severe weather in the vicinity of the launch pad on Tuesday afternoon, the Delta II launch team was unable to complete fueling of the rocket's second stage. The two available launch times on Aug. 4 are 5:26:34 and 6:02:59 a.m. EDT.

The Phoenix Mars lander's assignment is to dig through the Martian soil and ice in the arctic region and use its onboard scientific instruments to analyze the samples it retrieves.

Both rocket and spacecraft have been undergoing final preparation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The updated Phoenix Mars Mission schedule is as follows:
Prelaunch Press Conference
Thursday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.
Prelaunch Teleconference with University of Arizona Scientists Aug. 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT.

To participate in the call, dial 866-759-9876 Pass code: 2830003#

NASA Webcast
Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m.
Launch
Aug. 4
Attempts: 5:26 and 6:02 a.m.

Lori Stiles | University of Arizona
Further information:
http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu
http://www.nasa.gov/phoenix
http://uanews.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/UANews.woa/27/wa/MainStoryDetails?ArticleID=14064

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