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Mars Science Laboratory Launch Events (Atlas V 541)

 

11/26/2011 (DOY 330), UTC

11/27/2011 (DOY 331), UTC

11/28/2011 (DOY 332), UTC

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T-Zero

15:02:00

00:00:00

16:45:00

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14:41:00

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16:24:00

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14:19:00

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15:59:00

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Liftoff

15:02:01

00:00:01

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14:41:01

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16:24:01

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14:19:01

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15:59:01

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SRB Burnout

15:03:33

00:01:33

16:46:33

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14:42:33

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16:25:33

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14:20:33

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SRB Jettison

15:03:51

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16:46:51

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14:42:51

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16:25:51

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14:20:51

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PLF Jettison

15:05:25

00:03:25

16:48:25

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14:44:25

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16:27:25

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14:22:25

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16:02:25

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BECO

15:06:21

00:04:21

16:49:21

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14:45:21

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16:28:21

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14:23:21

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CCB Stage I Jettison

15:06:27

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16:49:27

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14:45:27

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16:28:27

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14:23:27

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MES1

15:06:37

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16:49:37

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14:45:37

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16:28:37

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14:23:37

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16:03:37

00:04:37

MECO1 + Decay

15:13:34

00:11:34

16:56:34

00:11:34

14:52:34

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16:35:34

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14:30:34

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16:10:34

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MES2

15:34:24

00:32:24

17:12:01

00:27:01

15:14:33

00:33:33

16:52:10

00:28:10

14:53:53

00:34:53

16:28:10

00:29:10

MECO2 + Decay

15:42:23

00:40:23

17:20:04

00:35:04

15:22:32

00:41:32

17:00:12

00:36:12

15:01:55

00:42:55

16:36:06

00:37:06

Start Turn
to SEP Attitude

15:42:25

00:40:25

17:20:06

00:35:06

15:22:34

00:41:34

17:00:14

00:36:14

15:01:57

00:42:57

16:36:08

00:37:08

Dongara Rise

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15:03:47

00:44:47

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Start Spin-Up to 2.5 rpm

15:44:58

00:42:58

17:22:39

00:37:39

15:25:07

00:44:07

17:02:47

00:38:47

15:04:30

00:45:30

16:38:41

00:39:41

Dongara Rise

15:45:39

00:43:39

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15:25:10

00:44:10

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Spacecraft SEP

15:46:06

00:44:06

17:23:47

00:38:47

15:26:14

00:45:14

17:03:54

00:39:54

15:05:38

00:46:38

16:39:48

00:40:48

Dongara Rise

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17:26:57

00:41:57

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17:06:17

00:42:17

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16:41:33

00:42:33

Canberra Rise

15:50:49

00:48:49

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15:30:08

00:49:08

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15:08:33

00:49:33

 

 

TIP

15:51:06

00:49:06

17:28:47

00:43:47

15:31:14

00:50:14

17:08:54

00:44:54

15:10:38

00:51:38

16:44:48

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Spacecraft
Transmitter ON

15:52:06

00:50:06

17:29:47

00:44:47

15:32:14

00:51:14

17:09:54

00:45:54

15:11:38

00:52:38

16:45:48

00:46:48

Note: Uncertainties exist on the event times provided.
UTC: Coordinated Universal Time.
MET: Mission Elapsed Time = Time Relative to T-Zero (Liftoff - 1.1 s).
CCB: Common Core Booster, SRB: Solid Rocket Booster, PLF: Payload Fairing, MES1: Main Engine Start #1, MECO1: Main Engine Cut-Off #1, MES2: Main Engine Start #2, MECO2: Main Engine Cut-Off #2, SEP: Separation, TIP: Target Interface Point.


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