Tuesday, January 17, 2006

New Horizons Launch Delayed Again

Space.com and CNN are each reporting the launch of NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft will be delayed until approximately 2:50 p.m. ET.

The ship sits ready on the launch pad even as I write these words, but the temporary loss of communication with a remote tracking station has forced a halt to the countdown. Its payload of small amounts of deadly plutonium (which powers its RTG) make tracking of the ship a necessity.

Delays have been happening all day due to high winds. Now that the winds are down a bit, they have a slight technical problem but it seems likely the craft will launch today. It's just a question of when...

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