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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-3749)

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

August 1, 2005
RELEASE : E05-008
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E05-008
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 401 Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Date: August 10, 2005 Launch Window: 7:54 - 9:39 a.m. EDT

The MRO spacecraft has been mated with the Atlas V for the last phase of launch preparations. This will be the first government civil launch of an Atlas V. The launch vehicle will perform an Integrated Systems Test (IST) later today to verify electrical compatibility. The final stages of the launch campaign begin with the Flight Readiness Review on Aug. 4, and the Launch Readiness Review is Aug. 8.

Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle:Boeing Delta II 7420 DPAF Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. Launch Date: September 29, 2005

The CloudSat team returns to VAFB later today to begin battery reconditioning. The CALIPSO team returns to VAFB August 8 for launch processing.

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