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2001 Mars Odyssey Launch Home Page Available
2001 Mars Odyssey Launch Home Page Available
5 Apr 2001
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft will be launched on a Delta II rocket from Launch Pad 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. The 21-day launch window opens on April 7, 2001, and the first launch opportunity will be at 11:02 AM EDT. The Delta rocket will fly up the east coast of North America, then over Europe, and spacecraft separation from the rocket will occur over the Middle East. The spacecraft will leave Earth at a relative velocity of 11.5 kilometers/second, or 25,724 mph.

Detailed information on the launch is now available on the 2001 Mars Odyssey home page:

Included on the page are:

  • How to watch launch in person (if you're near Cape Canaveralin Florida), over a satellite dish, or over the Internet.
  • A listing of the times of all launch opportunities from April 7 to April 27.
  • Detailed launch sequence events including times, diagrams and descriptions.
  • Information on the Delta 2 rocket.
  • A simulation of the launch that allows you to preview the launch events prior to the real launch.
Ron Baalke
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Last Updated: 5 Jun 2001