NASA’s GRAIL Launch Now Targeted for Saturday, Sept. 10

NASA's GRAIL Launch will insert twin satellites into a Moon Orbit, will launch on a ULA Delta II Heavy Rocket.

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:29:57 PM EDT

The launch of a Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior  Laboratory (GRAIL) has been postponed one day to allow additional time to review  propulsion system data from Thursday’s detanking operation after the launch  attempt was scrubbed due to upper level winds. The postponement will allow the  launch team additional time to review the data.

The launch now is planned for Saturday, Sept. 10 from Space Launch Complex-17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. There are two instantaneous launch opportunities at 8:29:45 a.m. and 9:08:52 a.m. EDT. The forecast for Sept. 10 shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for a Saturday morning launch.

Credit: NASA

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