Atlas V booster for Mars 2020 is moved into the Vertical Integration Facility

June 03, 2020

Preparations are underway to lift the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster for NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover and move it into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida on May 28, 2020.

The Mars Perseverance rover is scheduled to launch in mid-July atop the Atlas V 541 rocket from Pad 41 at CCAFS. The rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The rover will search for habitable conditions in the ancient past and signs of past microbial life on Mars. The Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for launch management.


NASA/Kim Shiflett


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