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RocketCam Captures Spirit of Mars

2003 Jun 10

The first of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rover missions was launched Tuesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, around 1:58 EDT. This rover was named "Spirit" on Sunday; the second is now called "Opportunity".

There was a single Ecliptic-supplied RocketCam on this launch, mounted to the first stage of the Boeing-built Delta II rocket.

The launch to a temporary low Earth coast orbit was a success and the RocketCam captured the spirit of the entire ascent sequence. Injection onto a Mars-bound trajectory was also successful and spacecraft separated from the spent Delta II third stage as planned. The Spirit spacecraft turned on as planned and initial engineering checks reveal that it is operating as expected.

And stay tuned on June 28th (late evening EDT) for the launch of Opportunity, including two RocketCam views from the second stage of the Delta II!

Check this website around July 1 for video clips from the Spirit launch and maybe the Opportunity launch.

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