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NASA aims for unmanned moon rocket launch

WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA will try to head back to the moon this
afternoon.
The unmanned rocket launch marks the first such mission in a
decade.
The space agency announced plans for the launch yesterday after
deciding to postpone a space shuttle mission because of a hydrogen
gas leak. The timing for the moon mission couldn't be set until
NASA knew whether the shuttle plans would go forward.
The robotic moon probes will hunt for hidden ice. The mission
will cost $583 million. NASA has three split-second times to try to
launch the Atlas V rocket carrying the two lunar probes. They are
at 5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m., and 5:32 p.m. EDT.
NASA spokeswoman Ashley Edwards said the weather forecast is
good for launch.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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