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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: JPLNews@jpl.nasa.gov Original Subject: Mars 2001 Odyssey arrives at KSC Original Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2001
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      Original Subject: Mars 2001 Odyssey arrives at KSC
      Original Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 11:33:47 -0800 (PST)

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      MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
      JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
      CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
      NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
      PASADENA, CALIF. 91109 TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
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      Contact: At JPL -- Mary Hardin (818) 354-0344
      At Kennedy Space Center -- George H. Diller (321) 867-2468

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 5, 2001

      MARS 2001 ODYSSEY SPACECRAFT ARRIVES FOR LAUNCH PREPARATION

      The first major step toward NASA's return of a spacecraft to
      an orbit around Mars was achieved late Thursday night, Jan. 4,
      when the Mars Odyssey spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space
      Center in Florida. The spacecraft was shipped aboard an Air
      Force C-17 cargo airplane from Denver, Colo., location of the
      Lockheed Martin plant where the spacecraft was built. The
      project is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
      Calif.

      Mars Odyssey was moved on a transport trailer from the
      Shuttle Landing Facility to the Kennedy Space Center's Spacecraft
      Assembly and Encapsulation Facility 2, where it will undergo
      final assembly and checkout. This includes installation of two
      of the three science instruments, integration of the three-panel
      solar array, and a spacecraft functional test. It will be fueled
      and then mated to an upper stage booster, the final activities
      before going to the launch pad.

      Launch is planned for April 7, the first day of a 21-day
      launch opportunity. Mars Odyssey will be inserted into an
      interplanetary trajectory by a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle
      from Pad A at Complex 17. The spacecraft will arrive at Mars on
      Oct. 20, 2001, for insertion into an initial elliptical capture
      orbit. Its final operational altitude at Mars will be a 400
      kilometer-high (250 mile-) Sun-synchronous polar orbit. Mars
      Odyssey will conduct a two-year mission in Mars orbit mapping the
      planet's surface and measuring its environment.

      "Ultimately, the spacecraft could contribute significantly
      toward understanding what may be necessary for a more
      sophisticated exploration of Mars, and perhaps an eventual human
      visit," said Mars Odyssey Project Manger George Pace of JPL.

      The program management of the Mars Odyssey mission is by the
      Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
      The launch is managed by NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

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      1/5/01 MAH
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