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Perseverance Launches Atop Mighty Atlas, Begins Multi-Month Trek to Mars

30 Jul 2020, 13:00 UTC
Perseverance Launches Atop Mighty Atlas, Begins Multi-Month Trek to Mars ULA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully sent NASA’s long-awaited Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on a 203-day trek across the inner Solar System to begin America’s next chapter of Mars exploration. Liftoff of the mighty Atlas V 541 booster—a near-identical version of which totally creamed one of AmericaSpace’s remote cameras when it launched a previous mission in March 2018—took place at 7:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, right on the opening of a two-hour “window”.

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