NASA's Mars orbiter postponed due to fuel software glitch

NASA postponed the $700 million mission launch today of a spacecraft to Mars after a glitch in the computer software used for monitoring the fueling of the rocket used for liftoff. The Mars orbiter, now scheduled to launch Friday from the Kennedy Space Center, will map the planet in unprecedented detail, probe its atmosphere and examine beneath the surface for signs of water. Although half of the missions to Mars have failed, three spacecraft are now orbiting the Red Planet, and two robotic rovers are on the surface.

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