Weather conditions on Earth and Mars are plaguing two Jet Propulsion Laboratory missions. The Phoenix Mars Lander, which had a scheduled launch Friday, has now been postponed to Saturday at 3:02 a.m. PST. The delay is due to severe weather at the Kennedy Space Center, while the rovers Opportunity and Spirit are still battling a severe dust storm on the Martian surface.
JPL/NASA announced that Friday's launch of the Phoenix Mars Lander has been postponed 24 hours to 3:02 a.m. PST, Saturday. Severe weather conditions surrounded the Kennedy Space Center launch pad on Tuesday afternoon delaying the second stage fueling.
As of Thursday evening, NASA meteorologists estimated a 20 percent chance that the weather would delay the Saturday launch. The next launch window would be at 3:02 a.m. PST Sunday. If Phoenix misses either of these launch windows, the next opportunity will have to be evaluated by NASA administrators.