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SETI [ASTRO] Boeing Delta II to Launch Mars Polar Lander and Deep

Larry Klaes ( )
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 14:05:31 -0500

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>Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 18:34:03 GMT
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>Subject: [ASTRO] Boeing Delta II to Launch Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2
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> Boeing Delta II to Launch Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2
> Boeing Press Release
> HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Dec. 21, 1998 -- The Boeing [NYSE:BA]
> Delta team will ring in the new year by launching the Mars Polar Lande and
> Deep Space 2 spacecraft for NASA.
> The Delta II rocket will lift off from Space Launch Complex 17B at Cape
> Canaveral Air Station, Fla. on Jan. 3, 1999. The launch window is at 3:21
> p.m. EST.
> The missions follow the Dec. 11 Delta launch, which sent NASA's Mars
> Climate Orbiter on a 10-month journey to the Red Planet. Over the years,
> Delta rockets have successfully placed into orbit an impressive number of
> scientific payloads, sending planetary spacecraft to the farthest reaches
> of our solar system.
> The Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 launch represent the 77th
> scientific and technology development launch for the Delta family of
> rockets. Since 1960 Delta rockets have carried scientific and technology
> development payloads into space with a 98 percent launch success rate.
> Delta rockets sent Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor to the Red
> Planet in 1996. "This year, Boeing Delta rockets have lifted Deep Space 1
> and Mars Climate Orbiter into space as part of the NASA Medium-Light
> Expendable Launch Vehicle Services program," said Darryl Van Dorn, Boeing
> director of NASA and commercial programs. "Mars Polar Lander is the third
> in this 10-mission launch program for NASA," Van Dorn added. In addition,
> Delta launch vehicles will carry the NASA spacecraft Stardust, Landsat-7,
> FUSE, and EO-1/SAC-C into space next year.
> Both the Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 spacecraft will travel 11
> months through deep space to land next December on an uncharted area near
> the south pole of Mars.
> Mars Polar Lander will spend three months digging for traces of water
> beneath the frozen surface of Mars and will search for evidence of a
> physical record of climate change. A miniature microphone will permit
> scientists to record 10-second sound bytes of natural sounds from the
> planet.
> Deep Space 2 is comprised of two microprobes designed to penetrate the
> surface of Mars and collect samples for testing the water vapor content of
> the planet's subterranean soil. In addition, Deep Space 2 will validate
> the ability of small probes loaded with sensitive, miniaturized
> instruments to analyze the terrain of planets and moons throughout the
> solar system.
> The missions are managed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
> Pasadena, Calif. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, Colo., built both
> spacecraft.
> The Delta II is manufactured in Huntington Beach, Calif., with final
> assembly in Pueblo, Colo., and is powered by the RS-27A engine built by
> Boeing in Canoga Park, Calif. The Delta launch team at Cape Canaveral Air
> Station will handle launch coordination and operations.
> Alliant Techsystems, Magna, Utah, builds the graphite epoxy motors for
> boost assist. Aerojet, Sacramento, Calif., manufactures the second-stage
> engine; Cordant Technologies, Elkton, Md., supplies the upper-stage
> engine; and AlliedSignal, Teterboro, N.J., builds the guidance and flight
> control system.
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> 98-103
> Contact: Communications (714) 896-1301
> Boeing Launch Hotline (714) 896-4770