Payload Fairing

Atlas V Launch Vehicle, Payload Fairing
The spacecraft will ride into the sky inside a protective payload fairing atop the Centaur stage.

Payload Fairing

The spacecraft rides into the sky inside a protective payload fairing atop the Centaur stage. With the payload fairing on top, the vehicle stands approximately 191 feet (58 meters) tall when it is ready for launch.

Atlas V-541 Examples from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission

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The major elements of the Atlas V-541 rocket
that will be used for the Mars 2020 mission are: