May 1


Orbital ATK CRS mission #9 (OA-9, on Antares 230) (approx. date)
Jun 15

3U CubeSat integrated with Prox 1 (launched on Falcon Heavy / STP-2 mission)

LightSail-2 solar sailing demo (earliest date)
Aug 15

North American Eagle 800-mph supersonic car

World land speed record attempt (approx. date)
Sep 15

Delta II

ICESat-2 (approx. date)


Spirit Lands on Mars!

2004 Jan 03

NASA's Spirit rover successfully landed in Mars' Gusev Crater right on schedule today, around 8:35 pm PST.

Ecliptic designed and built the electrical test equipment for the rover's robotic arm (as well as for its twin, Opportunity) and supplied the RocketCam™ video systems that provided dramatic views of both launches this past summer from onboard the Delta II rockets. The robotic arm on Spirit will be operated starting in mid-January.

Follow the coverage of the post-landing events and Mars surface science activities — including the flood of stunning Mars surface images already flowing back to Earth — at Spaceflight Now.

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