NASA’s Perseverance Rover Raised Atop Atlas 5 Rocket Written 10 July 2020


Nose cone containing the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover atop a payload transporter at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 7 July 2020. | NASA/KSC

Spaceflight Now reports that on Tuesday, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover was “hoisted on top of its United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at Cape Canaveral...passing a major pre-launch milestone after teams repaired a small leak on the launch vehicle and overcame delays caused by coronavirus cases among staff working on the mission.” Perseverance Mission Launch Director Omar Baez “said Wednesday that the launch is on track for July 30.” The “launch window opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT), with launch opportunities available at five-minute intervals.”
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