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[b]Mars Science Laboratory "go" for Nov. 25 launch[/b]
NASA and contractor managers for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) launch held their Flight Readiness Review meeting at Kennedy Space Center on Friday. After an evaluation of the MSL spacecraft and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, managers gave a "go" to continue proceeding toward a liftoff at 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT) next Friday, Nov. 25.
Managers will meet again Nov. 22 for the Launch Readiness Review.
The spacecraft — with its rover, Curiosity — is sealed inside the protective payload fairing atop the Atlas V rocket, which stands inside the Vertical Integration Facility at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41.
The multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG), which will power the Curiosity rover, was installed within the Atlas fairing on Nov. 17.
Closeouts of the spacecraft and the Atlas V fairing are underway, with a countdown dress rehearsal on Sunday's schedule.
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