And now, we wait
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
04-08-2007 4:38 CDT
Phoenix is away from Florida; its first and second stages appear to have performed absolutely beautifully. Now there is a 1-hour wait -- apparently, the longest in Delta launch history -- before the second firing of the second stage motor. Phoenix is not yet free of Earth; it's in orbit now. It will take another two-minute firing of the second stage motor, and then the burn of the third-stage motor, to take it onward to Mars.
Here's some grainy NASA TV of the launch; I'll have better images to post later...Here's a neat shot, showing the last three solid rockets in the act of being jettisoned. And here's a photo of the pad, now empty. Now they can get Dawn restacked on the adjacent pad!
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