NASA sets launch date for second of two Mars rovers The Mercury News

NASA aims to launch next week the second of two rovers it’s sending to the surface of Mars on separate missions to prospect for evidence the Red Planet was once a warmer, wetter place hospitable to life. The six-wheeled robot, named Opportunity, is set for launch early Thursday Eastern Daylight Time from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Its launch was delayed a day by setbacks to the earlier liftoff of the first rover, Spirit. NASA launched Spirit on June 10.