See Percy fly–.
An Atlas V brought the Florida skies alive.
On Thursday morning, an Atlas V rocket launched NASA’s latest rover, Perseverance, to Mars.
This marked the 3rd of 3 launches to the red world in 2020– following the UAE’s Hope and China’s Tianwen-1 objectives– and it came near the closing of this year’s month-long “window” to the red planet. During such a window, which comes around about every 26 months, spacecraft can follow an elliptical orbit such that they will arrive at the location in space where Mars will be 7 months from now– making the shortest possible journey to the red planet.
Even the tiniest missions to Mars require an effective rocket to launch, and this is particularly true for a rover that will be the biggest object NASA has ever attempted to arrive on the red planet’s surface area. Perseverance weighs a little bit more than a metric heap.
For this objective, NASA chose an Atlas V rocket with 4 strong rocket boosters.
Noting image by NASA