Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now Join Now!

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

   Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

Dawn: Probably? launching July 7

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

26-06-2007 15:22 CDT

Topics:

Today's press conference for the Dawn launch was a little odd. It was originally announced as a standard televised pre-launch press conference, featuring the mission's science and engineering teams. Yesterday, it was hastily replaced by a phone conference, featuring only staff from NASA Headquarters, which filled me with a feeling of foreboding. Was Dawn going to be delayed? Or worse, had they discovered some horrible problem that might prevent a launch altogether? No; at today's press conference they announced their intentions to press forward to launch on July 7. But there are unresolved issues that could cause them to change their minds. It's all pretty complicated, involving questions of readiness and risk and just plain luck, and I'm glad I'm not involved in the decision-making for this one.

Anyway, my story on today's announcement about the impending launch of Dawn is now posted.

 
See other posts from June 2007

 

Or read more blog entries about:

Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

JOIN THE
PLANETARY SOCIETY

Our Curiosity Knows No Bounds!

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Us

Featured Images

Hubble's view of Mars during the Comet Siding Spring flyby

Mars from Hubble STIS, April 26, 2012
Hubble's view of Mars on October 19, 2014 (color)
Mars as viewed by Hubble ACS/SBC, May 30, 2014
More Images

Featured Video

View Larger »

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!