The Flight Readiness Review was successfully held today at Kennedy Space Center for the launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA's MAVEN spacecraft bound for Mars. This thorough engineering review ensures the Atlas V, the downrange tracking assets of the Eastern Range, and the MAVEN spacecraft all are ready for launch. The Flight Readiness Review sets the stage for Friday's Launch Readiness Review, the final review for liftoff. This will give the "go" for rollout of the Atlas V to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Complex 41 on Saturday and for the scheduled launch on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1:28 p.m. Meanwhile at the launch complex, closeouts of the Atlas V rocket continue today and are nearing completion.
Artist's Concept Of MAVEN Orbiting Mars
This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars.