Heading to Mars

April 10, 2001


Provided by: GLOBE at Night
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

The above photo shows the Boeing Delta II rocket launching the Mars Odyssey spacecraft into a clear blue sky. Liftoff occurred at 11:02 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 7. It'll take approximately 7-months to reach Mars. The Mars Odyssey mission is designed to map the Martian surface, with a special emphasis to look for geological features that may indicate the presence of near-surface water, now or in the past. The Mars Odyssey spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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