archive: SETI [ASTRO] Mars Polar Lander Scheduled For Jan 3 Launch

SETI [ASTRO] Mars Polar Lander Scheduled For Jan 3 Launch

Larry Klaes ( )
Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:44:36 -0500

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>Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 20:00:20 GMT
>From: Ron Baalke <>
>Subject: [ASTRO] Mars Polar Lander Scheduled For Jan 3 Launch
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>December 23, 1998
>KSC Contact: George H. Diller
>KSC Release No. 171-98
>Note to Editors/News Directors:
>The launch of NASA's Mars Polar Lander spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta
>II rocket is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999. There is a single
>30-second launch window available which opens at 3:21:10 p.m. EST. No
>second opportunity is available that day. The next available window is on
>Monday, Jan. 4 at 3:13:34 p.m. EST. Liftoff will occur from Pad B at
>Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Station.
>The solar-powered spacecraft is designed to touch down on the Martian
>surface above the northern-most boundary of the south polar cap, which is
>made of carbon dioxide ice. The lander will study the polar water cycle,
>frosts, water vapor, condensates and dust in the Martian atmosphere. The
>Deep Space 2 microprobes are installed on the lander's cruise stage.
>These two probes, developed by NASA's New Millennium Program, will test
>technology and instruments to search for water several feet below the
>Martian surface.
>The Mars Polar Lander has completed final checkout and was mated to the
>Boeing Delta II rocket on Dec. 23. The Delta fairing is be installed
>around the spacecraft on Dec. 29.
>A prelaunch news conference is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11 a. m.
>EST in the KSC News Center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA
>Television. Participating in the briefing will be:
>Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator for Space Science
> NASA Headquarters
>Ray Lugo, NASA Launch Manager
> Kennedy Space Center
>Rich Murphy, Delta Mission Director
> The Boeing Company
>Dr. John McNamee, Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager/Mission Director
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory
>Sarah Gavit, Deep Space 2 Project Manager
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory
>Dr. Ed Euler, Program Manager
> Lockheed Martin Astronautics
>Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer
> Department of the Air Force
>The NASA News Center will open for the prelaunch news conference at 9
>a.m. and close at 2 p.m.
>Those media without permanent accreditation who wish to cover the launch
>of Delta/Mars Polar Lander including the prelaunch news conference on L-1
>day should send a letter of request to the NASA-KSC News Center on news
>organization letterhead. It should include name and Social Security
>number or passport number. Letters should be faxed to 407/867-2692 or
>addressed to:
>Mars Polar Lander Launch Accreditation
>Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
>Mars Polar Lander mission badges may be picked up at the News Center
>between 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 28. On launch day, Jan.
>3, Mars Polar Lander mission badges will be available at Gate 1 on Cape
>Canaveral Air Station located on SR 401 starting at 1:30 p.m. prior to
>departure for Press Site 1. A Delta/Mars Polar Lander mission badge is
>required for all news media covering the launch from Press Site 1.
>For further information on Mars Polar Lander launch accreditation contact
>Selina Scorah at the NASA News Center at 407/867-2468.
>On Saturday, Jan. 2 at 12 Noon, following the prelaunch news conference,
>a NASA van will depart from the NASA-KSC News Center for Launch Complex
>17 for media photographers who wish to establish remote cameras at Pad
>A photo opportunity of the Delta launch vehicle for Mars Polar Lander
>will be available at Pad 17-B after tower-rollback. Media wishing to
>participate will depart the Gate 1 Pass & Identification Building on Cape
>Canaveral Air Station at 8:30 a.m. on launch day, Jan. 3.
>On Jan. 3, media covering the launch should meet at the Gate 1 Pass &
>Identification Building on Cape Canaveral Air Station. The convoy
>departure for Press Site 1 will be at 2:00 p.m. After launch, media may
>leave via Gate 1 only. The NASA News Center at KSC will be open from 9
>a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
>NASA Television will carry the prelaunch news conference starting at 11
>a.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 2. On launch day, countdown coverage will
>begin at 2 p.m. EST and conclude when mission success is confirmed
>approximately one hour later. No post-launch news conference will be
>NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C located at 85
>degrees West longitude. Audio only of Delta/Mars Polar Lander events will
>also be available on the "V" circuits which may be dialed directly at
>407/867-1220, 407/867-1240, 407/867-1260, 407/867-7135, 407/867-4003,
>The NASA-KSC codaphone will carry Delta/Mars Polar Lander prelaunch
>status reports beginning at L-3 days, on Thursday, Dec. 31 and may be
>dialed at 407/867-2525.