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Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center
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June 29, 2003
RELEASE : 51-03
Note to Editors:
MER-B "Opportunity" Launch Delayed
Launch of the MER-B "Opportunity" Mars Exploration Rover aboard a Boeing Delta II Heavy launch vehicle has been postponed due to upper level wind conditions at launch time.

The next opportunity for launch is at 11:46:14 p.m. EDT, June 29. A second opportunity exists at 12:28:07 a.m. EDT, June 30. At this time, the weather forecast for the next launch opportunity shows a slight improvement with a 30 percent chance of violation of weather criteria.

NASA Television countdown coverage will begin at 9:45 p.m., June 29.

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