MAVEN Set To Launch Monday Afternoon From Cape

By  //  November 16, 2013

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LAUNCH SET FOR 1:28 p.m.

ABOVE VIDEO: NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft went through weeks of processing to ensure it was ready for a 10-month trip to the Red Planet. Watch as time-lapse video condenses that to mere minutes.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Launch Readiness Review ended this morning with NASA and contractor managers giving MAVEN the “go” for launch at 1:28 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians prepare the MAVEN spacecraft for encapsulation inside its payload fairing.

Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians prepare the MAVEN spacecraft for encapsulation inside its payload fairing.

Today’s review is the final mission review for MAVEN and its ride into space, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The Atlas V was also cleared for the rollout to the launch pad Saturday.

Teams have not encountered any significant technical issues or concerns for launch.

Forecasters from the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron predict a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions during the two-hour launch window.

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