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Mars Exploration Rover MER-A Scheduled to Launch June 8

MER-A is planned for launch at 2:05:55 p.m. or 2:44:07 p.m. EDT, June 8, 2003 from Cape Canaveral. The mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The program seeks to take advantage of each launch opportunity to go to Mars, which comes around every 26 months as the planets move around the Sun. Scheduled for two separate launches, the two rovers will be delivered in landing craft to separate sites on Mars in January 2004.

More: NASA KSC - MER Mission News

Link: NASA Direct - Web broadcasting site will feature special MER programming, including a pre-launch program

Link: NASA TV - Tune in to see the launch as it happens

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Exploration Rover Project

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Pathfinder and 2003 Rover Missions