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15-Apr-03 | SIRTF update

NASA’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) was bundled into its cylindrical transport container on Thursday, 3 April, and was hauled to SLC-17B in the early morning of 5 April. As of Saturday afternoon it had been hoisted into Level 9 of the Mobile Service Tower and attachment to the Delta second stage was in work. Barring any difficulties, expect fairing installation to take place early in the next week. Meanwhile, NASA has chosen to postpone announcement of the SIRTF Naming Contest winner until about four months after launch, to coincide with the release of the first images from the Great Observatory.

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