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07-Jul-07 | Another delay — until September

Dawn is now scheduled to launch no sooner than September. Troubles with downrange tracking assets have been cited as the cause for delaying from 8 July, and NASA management has decided not to force a launch attempt prior to the current window’s closure on 19 July. Another factor was a desire not to impact the launch of Phoenix, NASA’s next Mars lander, whose 21-day launch window opens on 3 August (and after which another opportunity will not occur until 2009). The exact date of Dawn’s next launch window opening is unclear, but it will extend through late October. (Spaceflight Now, 07-Jul-07)

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