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MAVEN Arrives at Pad for Launch

November 16, 2013

At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, the Atlas V rocket carrying the MAVEN spacecraft rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility on schedule. (Courtesy NASA)

At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, the Atlas V rocket carrying the MAVEN spacecraft rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility on schedule. (Courtesy NASA)


At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, the Atlas V rocket carrying the MAVEN spacecraft rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility on schedule. First motion was at 9:57 a.m. It reached the launch pad 20 minutes later and was secured in position at 10:35 a.m.

All prelaunch work is complete except spacecraft battery charging, which will be underway until the launch countdown picks up at 6:28 a.m. Monday. The weather forecast is unchanged with a 40 percent chance of not meeting the launch weather criteria primarily due to cloud conditions.

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