Carrying a $2.7 billion NASA mission to Mars, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket took off July 30 from Cape Canaveral and fired right into a summer season sky powered by 4 highly effective strong rocket boosters and a kerosene-burning predominant engine.
The Atlas 5 blasted off from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT) July 30 and rocketed away from the Florida spaceport with some 2.three million kilos of thrust.
The 197-foot-tall (60-meter) rocket arced over the Atlantic Ocean to the east from Cape Canaveral, surpassed the pace of sound in 35 seconds, and shed its 4 strap-on strong rocket boosters simply earlier than the two-minute mark of the flight. The primary stage’s kerosene-fed RD-180 fired for practically four-and-a-half minutes dropping away, permitting the rocket’s Centaur higher stage to speed up NASA’s Perseverance rover on an escape trajectory towards Mars.
The robotic Perseverance rover is the centerpiece of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission designed to seek for indicators of historical life on the Pink Planet.
The launch July 30 marked the 85th flight of an Atlas 5 rocket since August 2002, and the fourth Atlas 5 launch of the yr.
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