Rosetta's launch to be rescheduled
Flight 158 - January 14, 2003
The launch of Europe's Rosetta comet-chasing space probe on Ariane 5 will be rescheduled to a new launch slot, which will be defined by the European Space Agency.
This step was taken to allow verification of the Ariane 5's qualification and review process - as decided after the anomaly on last December's Flight 157.
The verification process will not enable Arianespace to proceed with Rosetta's liftoff before the end of the scientific launch slot on January 31 - the latest date compatible with the current mission profile.
Rosetta was developed by the European Space Agency to intercept and study Comet Wirtanen.