Friday, July 27, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Governor Kaine has already started writing the budget for the next two years (2008-2009). He says funding for and policy initiatives with the Wallops Island facility are real possibilities.
In the past session of the Virginia legislature, Kaine offered and signed the Virginia Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act that became effective July 1st.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Weather delayed the planned morning rollout by almost a day. Otherwise, the pre-launch preperation reports remain favorable for the planned August 7 launch.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
A Delta II launch vehicle is set to roar on August 3rd, at 5:35 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station placing the Phoenix Mars Lander on a nine-month trajectory to the Red Planet Mars. The lander is planned to arrive May 25, 2008.
The Dawn spacecraft, which will penetrate deep into the asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter, was to be launched this weekend but NASA has delayed the Dawn launch until September or October to make way for the Phoenix at the same spaceport.
The Phoenix Mars Lander will be sent to the icy wastelands near the red planet’s north polar ice cap. The landing site has been chosen as the most likely point to find buried ice that once formed part of the planet’s oceans.
Many of the scientific instruments for Phoenix were built or designed for the 2001 Mars Surveyor Lander, which was mothballed, and the ill-fated Mars Polar Lander in 1999, which is though to have crashed on landing.