WATCH: ULA Atlas V Rocket Launches from Cape Canaveral Carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover

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Two-hour launch window opens at 7:50 a.m. ET



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ABOVE VIDEO: James Reilly, Director of the US Geology Survey, former NASA astronaut sits down with Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson to discuss tomorrow’s ULA Atlas V rocket launch of NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover.

BREVARD COUNTY •.CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – United Launch Alliance made history again as the Atlas V rocket, carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, successfully embarked on a 7-month journey to the Red Planet on Thursday.

The launch happened at 7:50 a.m. ET.

Coverage of the launch was seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket launched 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.

The Perseverance launch marked the 85th Atlas V mission since the inaugural launch in 2002 and the 7th in the 541 configuration.

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ABOVE VIDEO: NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Set to Launch Aboard Atlas V Rocket From Cape Canaveral on Thursday, July 30.

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