NASA's next Mars spacecraft is set to fly to Florida today...if weather cooperates in snowy Colorado.
Moving Day to Mars
Author Leonard David
NASA’s Phoenix Mars lander is slated to start its long distance love affair with the red planet today - but by airlift.
A C-17 cargo plane is ready at Buckley Air Force Base here in Colorado to deliver the next Mars mission to Florida, the next step toward its blastoff in August. Liftoff is a mere 87 days away atop a Delta 2 booster.
Phoenix is targeted for a legged landing at Mars’ arctic region in May 2008.
It’s all tender-loving care today as the spacecraft builders, technicians and other specialists at Lockheed Martin Space Systems have crated up the Phoenix spacecraft near Denver, Colorado for its flight to Florida.
If the weather cooperates — it’s snowing here this morning — I’ll be onboard the cargo plane headed to the warmer climes of Florida later today.