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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Near the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, old roller shaft bearing assembly parts that were removed from crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, have been discarded. Inside the VAB, new roller shaft bearings will be installed on CT-2.      Work continues in high bay 2 to upgrade CT-2. The modifications are designed to ensure CT-2’s ability to transport launch vehicles currently in development, such as the agency’s Space Launch System, to the launch pad. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program office at Kennedy is overseeing the upgrades. For more than 45 years the crawler-transporters were used to transport the mobile launcher platform and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets and, later, space shuttles to Launch Pads 39A and B. For more information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/ground/crawler-transporter_bearings.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2013-2902

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Near the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Near the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, old roller shaft bearing assembly parts that were removed from crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, have ... More

GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER EXPLORATION SCIENCE BUILDING

GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER EXPLORATION SCIENCE BUILDING

The original finding aid described this as: Description: GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER EXPLORATION SCIENCE BUILDING Photographer: DEBBIE McCALLUM Date: 6/24/2009 Job Number: 2009-01500-4 Preservation Copy: .tif 2009

New Inventions of Modern Times [Nova Reperta], The Discovery of America, plate 1

New Inventions of Modern Times [Nova Reperta], The Discovery of Americ...

Public domain scan of Dutch print from Metropolitan Museum of Art, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

map from "[History of the United States of America, ... extending from the discovery of America by Columbus to the present time, etc.]"

map from "[History of the United States of America, ... extending from...

This image has been taken from scan 000238 from "[History of the United States of America, ... extending from the discovery of America by Columbus to the present time, etc.]". The title and subject terms of thi... More

Daniel Boone & his friends rescuing his daughter Jemina
Portrait from "Exploration dans l'intérieuŕ de l'Afrique Australe. Ouvrage traduit de l'Anglais par Mme. H. Loreau"

Portrait from "Exploration dans l'intérieuŕ de l'Afrique Australe. O...

This image has been taken from scan 000020 from "Exploration dans l'intérieuŕ de l'Afrique Australe. Ouvrage traduit de l'Anglais par Mme. H. Loreau". The title and subject terms of this image have been gener... More

map from "The Recovery of Jerusalem. A narrative of exploration and discovery in the City and the Holy Land. By Capt. W., ... Capt. Warren. ... With an Introduction by A. P. Stanley. Edited by W. Morrison. (Explorations in the Peninsula of Sinai. By F. W. Holland.)"

map from "The Recovery of Jerusalem. A narrative of exploration and di...

This image has been taken from scan 000356 from "The Recovery of Jerusalem. A narrative of exploration and discovery in the City and the Holy Land. By Capt. W., ... Capt. Warren. ... With an Introduction by A. ... More

lioness from "Exploration and Hunting in Central Africa, 1895-96 ... With eight full-page illustrations by C. Whymper, twenty-five photographs and a map"

lioness from "Exploration and Hunting in Central Africa, 1895-96 ... W...

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Photograph of Conference on United States Polar Exploration

Photograph of Conference on United States Polar Exploration

This is a photograph of the Conference on United States Polar Exploration. Dr. William O. Fields and Mrs. A. Lincoln Washburn converse. Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of Arctic Exploration Display

Photograph of Arctic Exploration Display

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel Public domain photograph related to history of the US National Archives, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of Conference on United States Polar Exploration

Photograph of Conference on United States Polar Exploration

This is a photograph of the Conference on United States Polar Exploration. Pictured from left to right are: Herman Friis and Louis Quam. Quam is speaking at session one. Historic Photograph File of National Arc... More

Photograph of Conference on United States Polar Exploration

Photograph of Conference on United States Polar Exploration

This is a photograph of the Conference on United States Polar Exploration. F. Alton Wade speaks at the podium with Marie Tremaine sitting to his right and Chauncey C. Loomis, Jr. and Paul H. Nesbitt to his left... More

Science and research. Mineral prospecting. Speed in metallurgical analysis, to match the rapidity with which the nation arms itself, is possible through use of the spectrograph, a marvelous new machine used for study of materials through measurements of the arc of light they emit when heated. The aluminum and magnesium industries, steel companies and foundries use it for quick study of metals. Mines use it for exploration. The spectrograph will yield an analysis of seven elements in fifteen minutes determination, which would require up to four hours by old chemical methods. Three students in defense training courses at a famous mining-engineering school listen as an instructor shows them how the machine operates. Golden, Colorado

Science and research. Mineral prospecting. Speed in metallurgical anal...

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of an office worker, 1930s, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-123 mission arrive at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility for launch at 2:28 a.m. EDT on March 11.  Exiting the plane are Pilot Gregory H. Johnson, followed by Mission Specialists Rick Linnehan and Takao Doi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  On this mission to the International Space Station, Endeavour and its crew will deliver the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-08pd0658

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew of space shuttle Endeavour's ST...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-123 mission arrive at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility for launch at 2:28 a.m. EDT on March 11. Exiting the plane are... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the news media are briefed on the agency's Space Launch System SLS Program Todd May, program manager for Space Launch Systems SLS at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The briefing took place in the spaceport's Booster Fabrication Facility BFF. During the Space Shuttle Program, the facility was used for processing forward segments and aft skirts for the solid rocket boosters. The BFF will serve a similar role for the SLS.      Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted flight test of Orion is scheduled to launch Dec. 4, 2014 atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, and in 2018 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/orion Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2014-4616

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, memb...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the news media are briefed on the agency's Space Launch System SLS Program Todd May, program manager for Space Launch Systems SLS at ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The hazard field for the Project Morpheus lander is conveniently located near the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  In the distance is the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building.    Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus utilizes an autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, payload that will allow it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is one of 20 small projects comprising the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, program in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. AES projects pioneer new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit.  For more information on Project Morpheus, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-3360

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The hazard field for the Project Morpheus lande...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The hazard field for the Project Morpheus lander is conveniently located near the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the distance is the 525-foot-tall... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Michael McCulley, former astronaut and chairman of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, speaks to a crowd gathered in front of the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida to honor space shuttle Challenger's STS-51L crew members who gave their lives for while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the loss of Challenger, which broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean 73 seconds into flight on Jan. 28, 1986.          NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2011-1244

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Michael McCulley, former astronaut and chairma...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Michael McCulley, former astronaut and chairman of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, speaks to a crowd gathered in front of the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visito... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made to prepare equipment for construction of the launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander at the midfield of the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.    Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus utilizes an autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, payload that will allow it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is one of 20 small projects comprising the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, program in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. AES projects pioneer new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit. For more information on Project Morpheus, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-3747

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made to prepare equipment fo...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made to prepare equipment for construction of the launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander at the midfield of the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA’s Ken... More

JSC2011-E-040290 (27 March 2011) --- Moscow stretches out in all directions as seen from a commercial flight carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, STS-135 pilot, and Rex Walheim, mission specialist, to Moscow, Russia on March 27, 2011. The crew of the final shuttle mission traveled to Moscow to be fitted for Russian Sokol spacesuits which would be required in the event of an emergency. If the shuttle is unable to return to Earth, the crew will remain on the International Space Station and return on a staggered basis in the course of a year on scheduled Soyuz flights to the station. Photo credit: NASA Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool STS_135_Russia

JSC2011-E-040290 (27 March 2011) --- Moscow stretches out in all direc...

JSC2011-E-040290 (27 March 2011) --- Moscow stretches out in all directions as seen from a commercial flight carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, STS-135 pilot, and Rex Walheim, mission specialist, to Moscow, ... More

Photograph of Gemini 3 with clouds, Atlantic Ocean and Bermuda in Lower Right

Photograph of Gemini 3 with clouds, Atlantic Ocean and Bermuda in Lowe...

This items is a Photograph of Gemini 3 with clouds, Atlantic Ocean and Bermuda in Lower Right. Source Files on Project Gemini

Photograph 1 of Astronaut Edward H. White II's Space Walk on Gemini IV

Photograph 1 of Astronaut Edward H. White II's Space Walk on Gemini IV

This item is a photograph of astronaut Edward H. White II's space walk (Extra Vehicular Activity) on Gemini IV. Source Files on Project Gemini

Photograph of Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. Walking to Capsule

Photograph of Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. Walking to Capsule

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - Mercury Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. leaving Hangar S enroute to capsule prior to MA-6 launch. Committee Papers

Photograph of MA-7 Survival Kit

Photograph of MA-7 Survival Kit

Original caption: The MA-7 Survival Kit -- This is the kit which Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter will carry in his spacecraft, "Aurora 7" in the scheduled flight of MA-7. The MA-7 flight is schedule to be lau... More

Mercury Atlas VII - Earth Observations

Mercury Atlas VII - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Atlas 7 (MA-1) flight. View is slightly out of focus. Film type was 5250 : Eastman Color Negative,35mm. Categories: Earth Observations ... More

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Adjusting his Straps Prior to Aurora 7 Launch

Photograph of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter Adjusting his Straps P...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter, suited up and ready to go, has his straps adjusted prior to leaving for Pad 14 and the waiting Atlas and Mercury spacecraft Aurora 7. Carpen... More

Earth from space, Mercury IX imagery - Tibet

Earth from space, Mercury IX imagery - Tibet

The original caption reads: Photograph of Tibet-Kashmir,looking northwest,taken during the 22nd orbit of the Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) spaceflight. Lake Ch'in-Tzu-Hu is at upper right,Lake Yen-K'o-Ling-Ts is at l... More

Gemini Wall Poster, Cold War American Propaganda poster

Gemini Wall Poster, Cold War American Propaganda poster

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Post: RSC - Addis Abab Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

LAS VEGAS -- The Boeing Company tests the forward heat shield FHS jettison system of its CST-100 spacecraft at the Bigelow Aerospace facility in Las Vegas as part of an agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program CCP during Commercial Crew Development Round 2 CCDev2) activities. The FHS will protect the spacecraft's parachutes, rendezvous-and-docking sensor packages, and docking mechanism during ascent and re-entry. During a mission to low Earth orbit, the shield will be jettisoned after re-entry heating, allowing the spacecraft's air bags to deploy for a safe landing. In 2011, NASA selected Boeing for CCDev2 to mature the design and development of a crew transportation system with the overall goal of accelerating a United States-led capability to the International Space Station. The goal of CCP is to drive down the cost of space travel as well as open up space to more people than ever before by balancing industry’s own innovative capabilities with NASA's 50 years of human spaceflight experience. Six other aerospace companies also were selected to mature launch vehicle and spacecraft designs under CCDev2, including Alliant Techsystems Inc. ATK, Excalibur Almaz Inc., Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp. SNC, Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance ULA. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew. Image credit: Boeing    The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is developing the necessary ground systems, infrastructure and operational approaches required to safely process, assemble, transport and launch the next generation of rockets and spacecraft in support of NASA’s exploration objectives. Future work also will replace the antiquated communications, power and vehicle access resources with modern efficient systems. Some of the utilities and systems slated for replacement have been used since the VAB opened in 1965. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/ground/index.html Photo credit: Boeing KSC-2012-4386

LAS VEGAS -- The Boeing Company tests the forward heat shield FHS jett...

LAS VEGAS -- The Boeing Company tests the forward heat shield FHS jettison system of its CST-100 spacecraft at the Bigelow Aerospace facility in Las Vegas as part of an agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Pro... More

Gemini VII Mission Image - Rendezvous with Gemini VI

Gemini VII Mission Image - Rendezvous with Gemini VI

The original caption reads: Photograph of the Gemini VI spacecraft - nose view - was taken from the Gemini VII spacecraft during rendezvous and station keeping maneuvers during orbit no.166 on December 15,1965.... More

Gemini VI Mission Image - Rendezvous with Gemini VII

Gemini VI Mission Image - Rendezvous with Gemini VII

The original caption reads: Oblique photograph of the Gemini VII spacecraft - pilot side, nose down - was taken from the Gemini VI spacecraft during rendezvous and station keeping maneuvers at an altitude of 1... More

The first manned lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins, remained in a parking orbit around the Moon, while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, landed on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew set up experiments, collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth, planted the U.S. Flag, and left a message for all mankind. In this photograph, Aldrin walks past some rocks, easily carrying scientific equipment experiements, which would have been to heavy too carry on Earth. The two packages made up the Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package (EASEP) on Apollo 11. On the left is the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (PSEP) and on the right is the Laser Ranging Retroreflector (LRRR). n/a

The first manned lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, launched from the K...

The first manned lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safe... More

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet recovery ship, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) which served as their home for 21 days. In this photo taken at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the quarantined housing facility is being lowered from the U.S.S. Hornet, onto a trailer for transport to Hickam Field. From there, it was loaded aboard an Air Force C-141 jet and flown back to Ellington Air Force Base Texas, and then on to the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. n/a

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from t...

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely r... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A wreath is displayed at the foot of the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida during a ceremony to honor space shuttle Challenger's STS-51L crew members who gave their lives for while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the loss of Challenger, which broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean 73 seconds into flight on Jan. 28, 1986.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2011-1228

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A wreath is displayed at the foot of the Space...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A wreath is displayed at the foot of the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida during a ceremony to honor space shuttle Challenger's STS-51L crew m... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Workers on the floor of the Space Station Processing Facility maneuver ground support equipment that will be used to lift the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) remote manipulator system. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency developed the laboratory known as "Kibo" (Hope) and includes an exposed facility (platform) for space environment experiments, the RMS and two logistics modules. Japan's primary contribution to the International Space Station, it will enhance the unique research capabilities of the orbiting complex by providing an additional environment for astronauts to conduct science experiments.  The various JEM components will be assembled in space over the course of three Shuttle missions.  The JEM and RMS are scheduled to launch on mission STS-124 no earlier than February 2008.  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-07pd0099

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Workers on the floor of the Space Stati...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Workers on the floor of the Space Station Processing Facility maneuver ground support equipment that will be used to lift the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) remote manipulator s... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –    In the Parachute Refurbishment Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, parachutes for the Ares rockets are being prepared for packing.  Ares I is an in-line, two-stage rocket that will transport the Orion crew exploration vehicle to low-Earth orbit. The Ares I first stage will be a five-segment solid rocket booster based on the four-segment design used for the shuttle. As with the shuttle, this booster will fall away when spent, lowered by parachute into the Atlantic Ocean where it can be retrieved for re-use. Unlike the shuttle, the booster will be flying faster, at Mach 6, when its separation from the rest of Ares I occurs.  Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-08pd1800

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Parachute Refurbishment Facility at N...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Parachute Refurbishment Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, parachutes for the Ares rockets are being prepared for packing. Ares I is an in-line, two-stage rocket that wil... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Secured on the spin table, the backshell with the Phoenix Mars Lander inside is ready for spin testing in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. The Phoenix mission is the first project in NASA's first openly competed program of Mars Scout missions. Phoenix will land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate. Landing is planned in May 2008 on arctic ground where a mission currently in orbit, Mars Odyssey, has detected high concentrations of ice just beneath the top layer of soil. It will serve as NASA's first exploration of a potential modern habitat on Mars and open the door to a renewed search for carbon-bearing compounds, last attempted with NASA’s Viking missions in the 1970s. A stereo color camera and a weather station will study the surrounding environment while the other instruments check excavated soil samples for water, organic chemicals and conditions that could indicate whether the site was ever hospitable to life. Microscopes can reveal features as small as one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. Launch of Phoenix aboard a Delta II rocket is targeted for Aug. 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.   Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1096

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Secured on the spin table, the backshell...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Secured on the spin table, the backshell with the Phoenix Mars Lander inside is ready for spin testing in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. The Phoenix mission is the first... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians lower a crane over the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft.  The crane will be used to remove the heat shield from around the Phoenix.  The Phoenix mission is the first project in NASA's first openly competed program of Mars Scout missions. Phoenix will land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate. Landing is planned in May 2008 on arctic ground where a mission currently in orbit, Mars Odyssey, has detected high concentrations of ice just beneath the top layer of soil. It will serve as NASA's first exploration of a potential modern habitat on Mars and open the door to a renewed search for carbon-bearing compounds, last attempted with NASA’s Viking missions in the 1970s. A stereo color camera and a weather station will study the surrounding environment while the other instruments check excavated soil samples for water, organic chemicals and conditions that could indicate whether the site was ever hospitable to life. Microscopes can reveal features as small as one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. Launch of Phoenix aboard a Delta II rocket is targeted for Aug. 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.   Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1084

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians lower a crane over the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft. The crane will be used to remove the heat shield from around the P... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians install the heat shield on the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft. The Phoenix mission is the first project in NASA's first openly competed program of Mars Scout missions. Phoenix will land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate. Landing is planned in May 2008 on arctic ground where a mission currently in orbit, Mars Odyssey, has detected high concentrations of ice just beneath the top layer of soil. It will serve as NASA's first exploration of a potential modern habitat on Mars and open the door to a renewed search for carbon-bearing compounds, last attempted with NASA's Viking missions in the 1970s. A stereo color camera and a weather station will study the surrounding environment while the other instruments check excavated soil samples for water, organic chemicals and conditions that could indicate whether the site was ever hospitable to life. Microscopes can reveal features as small as one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. Launch of Phoenix aboard a Delta II rocket is targeted for Aug. 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1105

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians install the heat shield on the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft. The Phoenix mission is the first project in NASA's first op... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians attach a crane to the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft.  The crane will be used to remove the heat shield from around the Phoenix.  The Phoenix mission is the first project in NASA's first openly competed program of Mars Scout missions. Phoenix will land in icy soils near the north polar permanent ice cap of Mars and explore the history of the water in these soils and any associated rocks, while monitoring polar climate. Landing is planned in May 2008 on arctic ground where a mission currently in orbit, Mars Odyssey, has detected high concentrations of ice just beneath the top layer of soil. It will serve as NASA's first exploration of a potential modern habitat on Mars and open the door to a renewed search for carbon-bearing compounds, last attempted with NASA’s Viking missions in the 1970s. A stereo color camera and a weather station will study the surrounding environment while the other instruments check excavated soil samples for water, organic chemicals and conditions that could indicate whether the site was ever hospitable to life. Microscopes can reveal features as small as one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. Launch of Phoenix aboard a Delta II rocket is targeted for Aug. 3 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.   Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd1085

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians attach a crane to the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft. The crane will be used to remove the heat shield from around the Ph... More

Magazine LL AS14-64-9129 Apollo 14 EVA on board

Magazine LL AS14-64-9129 Apollo 14 EVA on board

This item consists of a black and white photograph taken from the surface of the moon during the Apollo 14 mission. Lunar Roving Vehicle Documents

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, center, talks to Milt Heflin on the USS Anchorage on the first day of Orion Underway Recovery Test 3. Heflin was a former space shuttle flight director and Mission Operations executive with experience as a recovery engineer for several Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project missions. At left is Brandi Dean, NASA Public Affairs Office. The ship will head out to sea, off the coast of San Diego, in search of conditions to support test needs for a full dress rehearsal of recovery operations. NASA, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy personnel will conduct tests in the Pacific Ocean to prepare for recovery of the Orion crew module on its return from a deep space mission. The test will allow the teams to demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in open waters.    The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is conducting the underway recovery tests. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket and in 2018 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston KSC-2014-3946

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, center, talks t...

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, center, talks to Milt Heflin on the USS Anchorage on the first day of Orion Underway Recovery Test 3. Heflin was a former space shuttle flight director and... More

A view of the NASA Space Shuttle Program Solid Rocket Booster Deceleration Subsystem, after a parachute drop test at the National Parachute Test Range

A view of the NASA Space Shuttle Program Solid Rocket Booster Decelera...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Facility, El Centro State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 E. L. Tedder Release Sta... More

A view of the opened cargo bay of the space shuttle orbiter Columbia during the first space transportation system test mission. The deployed solar radiator is shown at the left, and the vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods, in the background

A view of the opened cargo bay of the space shuttle orbiter Columbia d...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The space shuttle Enterprise is moved into the shuttle assembly building at Space Launch Complex Six aboard its specially-designed 76-wheel transporter

The space shuttle Enterprise is moved into the shuttle assembly buildi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vandenberg Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: William W. Thompson Release Stat... More

Pieces of space shuttle Challenger debris recovered by the crew of the salvage ship USS PRESERVER (ARS 8)

Pieces of space shuttle Challenger debris recovered by the crew of the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Preserver (ARS 8) Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: JOC Peter D. Sundberg Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

The Soviet MIR space station - Public domain NASA photogrpaph

The Soviet MIR space station - Public domain NASA photogrpaph

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows William Briggs with EXOS Dexterous interface (virtual hand) ARC-1992-AC92-0326-17

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Explorati...

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows William Briggs with EXOS Dexterous interface (virtual hand)

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows Lewis Hitchner with virtual helmet and  EXOS Dexterous interface (virtual hand) ARC-1992-AC92-0326-1

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Explorati...

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows Lewis Hitchner with virtual helmet and EXOS Dexterous interface (virtual hand)

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows Dr Michael McGreevy with virtual helmet and EXOS Dexterous interface (holding rock invirtual hand) ARC-1992-AC92-0326-22

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Explorati...

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows Dr Michael McGreevy with virtual helmet and EXOS Dexterous interface (holding rock invirtual hand)

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows Dr Michael McGreevy with virtual helmet and EXOS Dexterous interface (holding rock invirtual hand) ARC-1992-AC92-0326-5

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Explorati...

Virtual Environment Telepresence workstation, simulated Mars Exploration shows Dr Michael McGreevy with virtual helmet and EXOS Dexterous interface (holding rock invirtual hand)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17, Pad A, technicians encapsulate the Geotail spacecraft upper and attached Payload Assist Module-D upper stage lower in the protective payload fairing. Geotail and secondary payload Diffuse Ultraviolet Experiment DUVE are scheduled for launch about the Delta II rocket on July 24. The GEOTAIL mission is a collaborative project undertaken by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science ISAS, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA and NASA. Photo Credit: NASA KSC-92PC-1538

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch C...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17, Pad A, technicians encapsulate the Geotail spacecraft upper and attached Payload Assist Module-D upper stage lower in the protect... More

Mack McKinney (left), chief, Programs Resources Management, and Delores Abraham (right), with the Astronaut office, flank one of the posters decorating the Early Space Exploration Conference Center at the KSC Visitor Complex for the 2000 African American History Month Celebration Luncheon. McKinney is chairperson for the event KSC-00pp0239

Mack McKinney (left), chief, Programs Resources Management, and Delore...

Mack McKinney (left), chief, Programs Resources Management, and Delores Abraham (right), with the Astronaut office, flank one of the posters decorating the Early Space Exploration Conference Center at the KSC V... More

The Mars Odyssey spacecraft (left) disappears into the top of the gantry at Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it will be mated with the Delta II rocket seen in the center. The spacecraft will map the Martian surface in search of geological features that could indicate the presence of water, now or in the past, and may contribute significantly toward understanding what will be necessary for a more sophisticated exploration of Mars. Launch is scheduled for 11:02 a.m. EDT April 7 KSC01pp0636

The Mars Odyssey spacecraft (left) disappears into the top of the gant...

The Mars Odyssey spacecraft (left) disappears into the top of the gantry at Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it will be mated with the Delta II rocket seen in the center. The spacecraft ... More

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 3-505th Infantry Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, walk to the next objective during a Sensitive Site Exploration mission conducted in a local village located outside Khowst, Afghanistan, during Exercise Alamo Sweep

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 3-505th Infantry Bat...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Khowst Country: Afghanistan (AFG) Scene Camera Operator: SPC Eric E. Hughes, USA Release Status: Rele... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Kirstie McCool Chadwick, the sister of Columbia astronaut William "Willie" J. McCool, places flowers at the Astronaut Memorial to honor the fallen crew of Space Shuttle Columbia.  She joined students from Columbia Elementary School in Palm Bay, Fla., who also paid tribute to the Columbia crew. The students visited the Center to learn about the past, present and future of space exploration. KSC-03pd0474

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Kirstie McCool Chadwick, the sister of C...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Kirstie McCool Chadwick, the sister of Columbia astronaut William "Willie" J. McCool, places flowers at the Astronaut Memorial to honor the fallen crew of Space Shuttle Columbia. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the KSC Visitor Complex, Kirstie McCool Chadwick, the sister of astronaut William "Willie" J. McCool who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion Feb. 1, talks to students from Columbia Elementary School in Palm Bay, Fla.  The students visited the Center to learn about the past, present and future of space exploration.  They also visited the Astronaut Memorial, placing flowers and observing a moment of silence in honor of the fallen crew of Columbia, and saw the 3-D IMAX film "Space Station." KSC-03pd0465

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the KSC Visitor Complex, Kirstie McCoo...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the KSC Visitor Complex, Kirstie McCool Chadwick, the sister of astronaut William "Willie" J. McCool who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion Feb. 1, talks to student... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Components of the flight hardware for Mars Exploration Rover-1 are in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.  At left is the rover.  In the center is the cruise stage, which includes elements such as the thruster clusters, launch vehicle adapter and cruise electronics module. Each rover , aeroshell and lander will undergo a full mission simulation while at KSC.  All flight elements will then be integrated.  After spin balance testing, each spacecraft will be mated to a solid propellant upper stage booster that will propel it out of Earth orbit.  The rovers will serve as robotic geologists to seek answers about the evolution of Mars, particularly  for a history of water. The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch of the MER-1 is scheduled for May 30.  MER-2 will follow June 25. KSC-03pd0595

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Components of the flight hardware for M...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Components of the flight hardware for Mars Exploration Rover-1 are in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. At left is the rover. In the center is the cruise stage, which in... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility observe as one of the two Mars Exploration Rovers, MER-2, undergoes testing.  MER-1 and MER-2, their aeroshells and landers will undergo a full mission simulation before being integrated. After spin balance testing,  each spacecraft will be mated to a solid propellant upper stage booster that will propel the spacecraft out of Earth orbit. Approximately 10 days before launch they will be transported to the launch pad for mating with their respective Boeing Delta II rockets. The rovers will serve as robotic geologists to seek answers about the evolution of Mars, particularly  for a history of water. The rovers are identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch of the first rover is scheduled for May 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The second will follow June 25. KSC-03pd0663

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servici...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility observe as one of the two Mars Exploration Rovers, MER-2, undergoes testing. MER-1 and MER-2, their aeroshells and landers will... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  A worker in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility checks wiring on the Mars Exploration Rover-1.  While at KSC, each of the two rovers, their aeroshells and landers will undergo a full mission simulation. After spin balance testing,  each spacecraft will be mated to a solid propellant upper stage booster that will propel the spacecraft out of Earth orbit. Approximately 10 days before launch they will be transported to the launch pad for mating with their respective Boeing Delta II rockets. The rovers will serve as robotic geologists to seek answers about the evolution of Mars, particularly  for a history of water. The rovers are identical to each other, and will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch of the MER-1 is scheduled for May 30.  MER-2 will follow June 25. KSC-03pd0726

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - A worker in the Payload Hazardous Servic...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - A worker in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility checks wiring on the Mars Exploration Rover-1. While at KSC, each of the two rovers, their aeroshells and landers will undergo... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  Outside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility hardware related to the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) is offloaded from a transport vehicle.  MER-1 will undergo prelaunch testing, including deployment of the lander petals, the rover's solar arrays, camera mast and camera. While at KSC, MER-1 and MER-2, their aeroshells and landers will undergo a full mission simulation. After spin balance testing,  each spacecraft will be mated to a solid propellant upper stage booster that will propel the spacecraft out of Earth orbit. Approximately 10 days before launch they will be transported to the launch pad for mating with their respective Boeing Delta II rockets. The rovers will serve as robotic geologists to seek answers about the evolution of Mars, particularly  for a history of water. The rovers are identical to each other, and will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch of the MER-1 is scheduled for May 30.  MER-2 will follow June 25. KSC-03pd0712

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Outside the Payload Hazardous Servicing ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Outside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility hardware related to the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) is offloaded from a transport vehicle. MER-1 will undergo prelaunch testing,... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the Rover Equipment Deck (RED) on one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) is integrated to the Warm Electronics Box (WEB) on the WEB cart.  Processing of the rovers, plus cruise stage, lander and heat shield elements, is ongoing.  Set to launch in 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25, 2003. KSC-03pd0754

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facil...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the Rover Equipment Deck (RED) on one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) is integrated to the Warm Electronics Box (WEB) on the WEB c... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility look over one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER).  Processing of the rovers, cruise stage, lander and heat shield elements is ongoing.  Set to launch in 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25, 2003. KSC-03pd0761

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servici...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility look over one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). Processing of the rovers, cruise stage, lander and heat shield elements is ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  With the solar arrays fully open on the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2), the low-gain and high-gain antennas can be seen.  Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25, 2003. KSC-03pd0772

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - With the solar arrays fully open on the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - With the solar arrays fully open on the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2), the low-gain and high-gain antennas can be seen. Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consi... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers check the progress of the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2) as it rolls over ramps to test its mobility and maneuverability.  Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25. KSC-03pd0792

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facili...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers check the progress of the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2) as it rolls over ramps to test its mobility and maneuverability. Set... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers move the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2) towards the base petal of its lander assembly. Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past. The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars. The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover, a window opening June 25. KSC-03pd0878

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facil...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers move the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2) towards the base petal of its lander assembly. Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  A worker makes the final launch preparations on the rover equipment deck (RED) for the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2).  Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25. KSC-03pd0916

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A worker makes the final launch preparat...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A worker makes the final launch preparations on the rover equipment deck (RED) for the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2). Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Workers discuss a point of interest on one solar panel of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) before flight stow.  Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars.  Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25. KSC-03pd0912

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers discuss a point of interest on o...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers discuss a point of interest on one solar panel of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) before flight stow. Set to launch in Spring 2003, the MER Mission will consist of tw... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   Solar panels on the cruise stage of a Mars Exploration Rover are seen as the element is rotated for processing.  Once functional testing and mission simulation of the flight elements is complete, the elements will be integrated for flight.  There are two rovers, identical to each other, and each will land at different regions of Mars.  They are designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain.  Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover a window opening June 25. KSC-03pd0945

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Solar panels on the cruise stage of a ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Solar panels on the cruise stage of a Mars Exploration Rover are seen as the element is rotated for processing. Once functional testing and mission simulation of the flight elem... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians reopen the lander petals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) to allow access to one of the spacecraft's circuit boards.  A concern arose during prelaunch testing regarding how the spacecraft interprets signals sent from its main computer to peripherals in the cruise stage, lander and small deep space transponder.  The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers set to launch in June 2003. The problem will be fixed on both rovers. KSC-03pd1135

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facil...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians reopen the lander petals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) to allow access to one of the spacecraft's circuit boards.... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - While workers watch the process, the petals on the lander close up around the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A).  The lander and rover will be enclosed within an aeroshell for launch.  The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  Identical to each other, the rovers will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch date for this first of NASA's two Mars Exploration Rover missions is scheduled no earlier than June 6. KSC-03pd1223

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - While workers watch the process, the peta...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - While workers watch the process, the petals on the lander close up around the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A). The lander and rover will be enclosed within an aeroshell for launch... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the first stage of the Delta II rocket is lifted up the launch tower. The Delta will launch the Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) vehicle. The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  Identical to each other, the rovers will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch date for this first of NASA's two Mars Exploration Rover missions is scheduled no earlier than June 6. KSC-03pd1219

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Sta...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the first stage of the Delta II rocket is lifted up the launch tower. The Delta will launch the Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) vehicle... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A) has achieved final closure of the lander.  Visible now are the airbags that will inflate to cushion the landing on Mars.  The lander and rover will subsequently be enclosed within an aeroshell for launch.  The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  Identical to each other, the rovers will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch date for this first of NASA's two Mars Exploration Rover missions is scheduled no earlier than June 6. KSC-03pd1229

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A) has...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A) has achieved final closure of the lander. Visible now are the airbags that will inflate to cushion the landing on Mars. The lander and rover ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers check different areas of the lander as the petals close in around the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A).  The lander and rover will subsequently be enclosed within an aeroshell for launch.  The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  Identical to each other, the rovers will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch date for this first of NASA's two Mars Exploration Rover missions is scheduled no earlier than June 6. KSC-03pd1225

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers check different areas of the land...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers check different areas of the lander as the petals close in around the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-A). The lander and rover will subsequently be enclosed within an aeroshe... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility begin raising an overhead crane that will be used to lift the aeroshell enclosing Mars Exploration Rover 2 and lander.  The descent and landing vehicle will be moved to a rotation table for a spin stabilization test.  v Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The first rover, MER-A, is scheduled to launch June 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The second is scheduled for launch June 25. KSC-03pd1364

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicin...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility begin raising an overhead crane that will be used to lift the aeroshell enclosing Mars Exploration Rover 2 and lander. The desce... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility look over the aeroshell enclosing Mars Exploration Rover 2 and lander that is being moved to a rotation table for a spin stabilization test.  There are two identical rovers that will land at different regions of Mars and are designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  The first rover, MER-A, is scheduled to launch June 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The second is scheduled for launch June 25. KSC-03pd1372

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicin...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility look over the aeroshell enclosing Mars Exploration Rover 2 and lander that is being moved to a rotation table for a spin stabiliz... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  With help from workers, the overhead crane lowers the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) entry vehicle onto a spin table for a dry-spin test.  The MER Mission consists of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day over various terrain. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past.  Identical to each other, the rovers will land at different regions of Mars.  Launch for MER-2 (MER-A) is scheduled for June 5.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - With help from workers, the overhead cra...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - With help from workers, the overhead crane lowers the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) entry vehicle onto a spin table for a dry-spin test. The MER Mission consists of two identic... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A closeup of the cruise stage to be mated to the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) entry vehicle.    The cruise stage includes fuel tanks, thruster clusters and avionics for steering and propulsion.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-2 is scheduled to launch June 5 as MER-A aboard a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A closeup of the cruise stage to be mated...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A closeup of the cruise stage to be mated to the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) entry vehicle. The cruise stage includes fuel tanks, thruster clusters and avionics for steering... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) undergoes a weight and center of gravity determination in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  Launch of MER-2 is scheduled for June 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) und...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) undergoes a weight and center of gravity determination in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are de... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility prepare to lift and move the backshell, a protective cover for the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) and its lander.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-1 is scheduled to launch June 25 as MER-B aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicin...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility prepare to lift and move the backshell, a protective cover for the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) and its lander. NASA's twin ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) , air bags are installed on the lander.  The airbags will inflate to cushion the landing of the spacecraft on the surface of Mars.  When it stops bouncing and rolling, the airbags will deflate and retract, the petals will open to bring the lander to an upright position, and the rover will be exposed.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-1 is scheduled to launch June 25 as MER-B aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) , air...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) , air bags are installed on the lander. The airbags will inflate to cushion the landing of the spacecraft on the surface of Mars. When it stops... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility guide the backshell being lowered over the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1).  The backshell is a protective cover for the rover.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-1 is scheduled to launch June 25 as MER-B aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicin...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility guide the backshell being lowered over the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1). The backshell is a protective cover for the rover. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers lower the backshell with the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) onto the heat shield.  The two components form the aeroshell that will protect the rover on its journey to Mars.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-1 is scheduled to launch June 25 as MER-B aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facili...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers lower the backshell with the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) onto the heat shield. The two components form the aeroshell that ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the foreground, three solid rocket boosters (SRBs) suspended in the launch tower flank the Delta II rocket (in the background) that will launch Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2).  NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can’t yet go.  MER-2 is scheduled to launch June 5 as MER-A.  MER-1 (MER-B) will launch June 25.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the foreground, three solid rocket bo...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the foreground, three solid rocket boosters (SRBs) suspended in the launch tower flank the Delta II rocket (in the background) that will launch Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2).... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers check the status of the cruise stage of Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) after being lowered onto blocks.  The cruise stage will be integrated with the aeroshell, the entry vehicle.   NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can’t yet go.  The MER-1 is scheduled to launch June 25 from Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facili...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers check the status of the cruise stage of Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) after being lowered onto blocks. The cruise stage will... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility prepare an overhead crane (background) that will lift the cruise stage, in the foreground, for Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1).  The cruise stage will be moved and integrated with the aeroshell, the entry vehicle.   NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can’t yet go.  The MER-1 is scheduled to launch June 25 from Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servici...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility prepare an overhead crane (background) that will lift the cruise stage, in the foreground, for Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1).... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Delta II rocket’s third stage waits in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility for mating with the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2).  They will then be installed into the transportation canister for transfer to the launch pad.  NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-2 is scheduled to launch June 5 as MER-A aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Delta II rocket’s third stage waits i...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Delta II rocket’s third stage waits in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility for mating with the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2). They will then be installed into the trans... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  On Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a solid rocket booster is raised off  its transporter to lift it to vertical.  It will be mated to the Delta II rocket for the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) launch June 25.  NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can’t yet go.  MER-2 (MER-A) will launch June 5.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral A...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a solid rocket booster is raised off its transporter to lift it to vertical. It will be mated to the Delta II rocket for... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Another solid rocket booster is lifted up the launch tower on Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  It will be mated to the Delta II rocket for the Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1) launch June 25.  NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can’t yet go.  MER-2 (MER-A) will launch June 5.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Another solid rocket booster is lifted u...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Another solid rocket booster is lifted up the launch tower on Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It will be mated to the Delta II rocket for the Mars Explorati... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers prepare to mate the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2) to the third stage of a Delta II rocket for launch on June 5.  NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can’t yet go.  MER-1 (MER-B) will launch June 25.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facil...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers prepare to mate the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2) to the third stage of a Delta II rocket for launch on June 5. NASA’s twin... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  On Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,  workers watch as the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2), inside the transport canister, is lowered toward the Delta II rocket for mating.  MER-2 is one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-2 is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 8 as MER-A.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air F...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, workers watch as the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2), inside the transport canister, is lowered toward the Delta II rocket f... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  On Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a cable is attached to the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2), inside the transport canister, to lift it into the launch tower.  It will be mated to the Delta II rocket for launch.  MER-2 is one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-2 is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 8 as MER-A.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air F...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a cable is attached to the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2), inside the transport canister, to lift it into the launch tower. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The second stage of a Delta II rocket is positioned above a first stage at the top of the launch tower on Pad 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Next, it will be mated to the first stage in preparation for the launch of the Mars Exploration Rover-1 (MER-B) on June 25.  NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers are designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans are not yet able to go. The launch of MER-2 (MER-A) is tentatively set for June 8.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The second stage of a Delta II rocket is ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The second stage of a Delta II rocket is positioned above a first stage at the top of the launch tower on Pad 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Next, it will be mated to the f... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The second half of the fairing is moved toward the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) on Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  MER-2 is one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers designed to study the history of water on Mars. These robotic geologists are equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Each rover could travel as far as 100 meters in one day to act as Mars scientists' eyes and hands, exploring an environment where humans can't yet go.  MER-2 is scheduled to launch no earlier than June 8 as MER-A, with two launch opportunities each day during the launch period that closes on June 19.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The second half of the fairing is moved ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The second half of the fairing is moved toward the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) on Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. MER-2 is one of NASA's twin Mars Expl... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  On Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Boeing Delta II rocket and its Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) payload waits for rollback of the launch tower in preparation for a second attempt at launch.  The first attempt on June 8, 2003, was scrubbed due to bad weather in the vicinity.  MER-A is the first of two rovers being launched to Mars.  When the two rovers arrive at Mars in 2004, they will bounce to airbag-cushioned landings at sites offering a balance of favorable conditions for safe landings and interesting science. The rovers see sharper images, can explore farther and examine rocks better than anything that has ever landed on Mars.  The designated site for MER-A mission is Gusev Crater, which appears to have been a crater lake.  The second rover, MER-B, is scheduled to launch June 25.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral A...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Boeing Delta II rocket and its Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) payload waits for rollback of the launch tower in prepar... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Amid billows of smoke and steam, the Delta II rocket with its Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) payload lifts off the pad on time at 1:58 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. MER-A, known as "Spirit," is the first of two rovers being launched to Mars. When the two rovers arrive at the red planet in 2004, they will bounce to airbag-cushioned landings at sites offering a balance of favorable conditions for safe landings and interesting science. The rovers see sharper images, can explore farther and examine rocks better than anything that has ever landed on Mars. The designated site for the MER-A mission is Gusev Crater, which appears to have been a crater lake. The second rover, MER-B, is scheduled to launch June 25.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Amid billows of smoke and steam, the Delt...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Amid billows of smoke and steam, the Delta II rocket with its Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) payload lifts off the pad on time at 1:58 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canave... More