Launch of Second Mars Probe Delayed Until July 5
The launch of the second Mars Exploration Rovers, named “Opportunity,” aboard a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., has been delayed until July 5 from an original launch date of June 26 that has been rescheduled numerous times. The launch team decided to postpone the mission again to conduct further tests on the bond holding the protective cork insulation in place on the Delta II first stage. The probe is scheduled to reach Mars early next year. The first Mars Exploration Rover was launched June 10.