Scrubbed again

By Phil Plait | January 18, 2006 10:11 am

This will be a very clean Pluto probe, because the launch was scrubbed again for today (har har). Evidently there was a power outage at Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland (down the road from where I used to live!), and they are the folks running the show.

The launch has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 19. The launch window is from 18:08 to 21:07 Universal time (10:08 – 1:08 Pacific time).

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Science

Comments (12)

  1. MikeyP

    I just hope they launch on time to get jupiter’s gravitational boost. What was the launch time frame in order to get it?

  2. Daniel Nash

    Take a look here:

    Short answer: they’re good if they launch in January.

  3. James (Doodler)

    It was a pretty widespread outage, accompanied by some surges when the power would trip back on. My office next to the Laurel City Hall was left twiddling its thumbs from frequent power loss and surges till about 10am this morning. The surges blew (spectacularly) at least one uninterruptable power supply, causing our network admin to shut down the system as a precaution.

  4. I appreciate the coverage! The updates from BABlog are more informative than almost every other source!

  5. JL

    It probably wouldn’t have gone anyway. Today’s winds are worse than yesterdays…I work at Patrick AFB just down the road from Cape Canaveral. We support the launches.

  6. woo! i get to skip class a *third* time. ūüėČ

  7. TheBlackCat

    Wow, the Plutonians are really going out of their way to keep us from finding out about them.

  8. I’m convinced they keep moving the launch back just so I have to continually readjust the countdown clock on my blog. Conspiracy!

  9. Jack Foy

    Interesting coincidence; I grew up just across US 29 from APL in the eighties.

  10. Alisha D.

    I hope the spacecraft doesn’t disappear before it sees “The Face On Pluto”. Why doesn’t NASA just send a Class V probe?

  11. Thursday:
    Sitting here at work again finger poised on the streaming video player software all ready to suck bandwidth and watch the launch! :-)

  12. RandyC

    I was a grad student at Johns Hopkins and U of Maryland in the sciences from the mid-70’s through the early 80’s. I had some contact with APL, and even knew a couple of people affiliated there. Would have loved to work there, but it never materialized.

    (At that time APL had some sort of affiliation with JHU. Still true?”


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