The Atlas V Rocket Launched NASA’s Perseverance Rover and Every Other U.S. Mission to Mars

What: A United Launched Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched NASA’s Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on July 30, 2020. After a seven-month journey, the rover is planning to land on Mars on Thurs., Feb 18.

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ULA and our heritage vehicles have launched every U.S. mission to the red planet and the launch of Mars 2020 marked our 20th trip. Perseverance launched aboard an Atlas V rocket in the 541 configuration, with a 5-meter payload fairing and four solid rocket boosters.

The Atlas V rocket delivered Perseverance on an ultra-precise interplanetary trajectory to intercept Mars. To date ULA has launched 142 times with 100 percent mission success. ULA is proud to have been part of such a significant science mission continuing the Mars legacy to provide crucial knowledge and understanding of the red planet.

When: The Perseverance rover is planned to touch down on Mars on Thurs., Feb. 18 at approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.

Heather McFarland