Atlas V Rocket Will Rollout to Launch Pad Today, NASA Administrator and ULA CEO Give Update

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ABOVE VIDEO: United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno was joined with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen from NASA, to discuss Thursday’s launch.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With less than 48 hours to go until NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover launches from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, Atlas V rocket will rollout to the launch pad on Tuesday.

United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno was joined with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen from NASA, to discuss Thursday’s launch.

Launch window opens at 7:50 a.m. ET.

Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

Mission Information: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket will launch NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars. The spacecraft will explore the Jezero Crater to study the planet’s habitability, seek signs of past microbial life, collect and store samples of selected rock and soil and prepare for future human missions.

The rover also carries the Ingenuity helicopter, a technology demonstration to prove that powered flight can be achieved at Mars.

Launch Notes: The Perseverance launch will mark the 85th Atlas V mission since the inaugural launch in 2002 and the 7th in the 541 configuration.

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