Odyssey heads for Mars: Bruised Lockheed gets reassurance from `2001′ author Rocky Mountain News

The Denver-built 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft rocketed away Saturday on a 286 million-mile journey to the Red Planet and what NASA and Lockheed Martin hope will be a mission of redemption. It is the space program’s first launch to Mars since a pair of humiliating failures in 1999.