NASA Mars mission delayed to 2011
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 89, Issue 51, page 530, 16 December 2008
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2008), NASA Mars mission delayed to 2011, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(51), 530–530, doi:10.1029/2008EO510002.(
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory has been rescheduled to launch in the fall of 2011, two years later than previously planned. The decision to delay, announced on 4 December, was made following an assessment that more time is needed for testing and to resolve hardware challenges. The length of the delay is because the 2009 launch window ends in October, with the next launch opportunity in 2011.
The mission will study the early environmental history of Mars, exploring a site where there were wet conditions in the past that may have been favorable for supporting microbial life.