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05.02.03

First Launch Attempt

The Spitzer Space Telescope was enclosed in a protective canister, transferred to the top of a Delta II rocket, but not launched due to engineering concerns that delayed the launch. The rocket initially meant to launch Spitzer was then used for a Mars mission, which had a more restricted launch window, and the Spitzer launch was delayed until August 25, 2003.