From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2003
MISSION: Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
At Pad 17-B, the Delta fairing will be taken from around the SIRTF spacecraft on Monday in preparation for removing the telescope from the rocket and taking it to NASA Spacecraft Hangar AE. Work will then begin to remove the Delta second stage and two of the nine solid rocket boosters from the vehicle. The remaining solid rocket boosters and the Delta first stage will be used for MER-B.
The launch of SIRTF is expected to occur in the second half of August.
Project management of SIRTF for NASA is by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The observatory is built by Lockheed Martin and Ball Aerospace.
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