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The first launch opportunity is scheduled for no earlier than Nov. 26, 2011, at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST). The launch window—the period in which the spacecraft could launch--begins Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 18, 2011.

The duration of the daily launch windows vary from day to day. Early in the launch period, the launch windows will last approximately 110 minutes. The windows will shorten to approximately 40 minutes by the end of the period. Within each window, regardless of the length, unique launch opportunities will occur once every five minutes.

Curiosity's Daily Launch Opportunities
Launch Date
(2011)
Launch Day
Launch Window Duration (hh:mm)
Coordinated Universal Time
(UTC)
Eastern Standard Time
(EST)
Pacific Standard Time
(PST)
Open
(hh:mm)
Close
(hh:mm)
Open
(hh:mm)
Close
(hh:mm)
Open
(hh:mm)
Close
(hh:mm)
11/25
1
1:43
15:25
17:08*
10:25
12:08*
7:25
9:08*
11/26
2
1:43
15:02
16:45
10:02
11:45
7:02
8:45
11/27
3
1:43
14:41
16:24
9:41
11:24
6:41
8:24
11/28
4
1:40
14:19
15:59
9:19
10:59
6:19
7:59
11/29
5
1:40
14:03
15:43
9:03
10:43
6:03
7:43
11/30
6
1:45
13:48
15:33
8:48
10:33
5:48
7:33
12/01
7
1:48
13:35
15:23
8:35
10:23
5:35
7:23
12/02
8
1:48
13:22
15:10
8:22
10:10
5:22
7:10
12/03
9
1:48
13:11
14:59
8:11
9:59
5:11
6:59
12/04
10
1:48
13:00
14:48
8:00
9:48
5:00
6:48
12/05
11
1:47
12:50
14:37
7:50
9:37
4:50
6:37
12/06
12
1:47
12:40
14:27
7:40
9:27
4:40
6:27
12/07
13
1:45
12:31
14:16
7:31
9:16
4:31
6:16
12/08
14
1:45
12:23
14:08
7:23
9:08
4:23
6:08
12/09
15
1:42
12:15
13:57
7:15
8:57
4:15
5:57
12/10
16
1:37
12:12
13:49
7:12
8:49
4:12
5:49
12/11
17
1:35
12:05
13:40
7:05
8:40
4:05
5:40
12/12
18
1:35
12:03
13:38
7:03
8:38
4:03
5:38
12/13
19
1:34
11:47
13:21
6:47
8:21
3:47
5:21
12/14
20
1:27
11:46
13:13
6:46
8:13
3:46
5:13
12/15
21
1:18
11:45
13:03
6:45
8:03
3:45
5:03
12/16
22
1:10
11:43
12:53
6:43
7:53
3:43
4:53
12/17
23
1:00
11:42
12:42
6:42
7:42
3:42
4:42
12/18
24
0:44
11:46
12:30
6:46
7:30
3:46
4:30

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