Mars Odyssey Begins Journey to Red Planet

The search for answers to basic questions about humanity’s place in the universe continued Saturday with the launch of NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft on an epic, 286-million-mile journey to the Red Planet. The interplanetary voyage started from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:02 a.m. EDT (15:02 GMT) and is expected to take six months before the $297 million mission settles into orbit around Mars on October 24.