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Created 30-Jul-20
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launches NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, dubbed Perseverance, to the Red Planet from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:50 a.m. EDT.

Scheduled to land in February 2021, Perseverance will study Martian geology, demonstrate the ability to generate oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide, and collect rock samples for return to Earth by a future mission.

The rocket flies in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

Photos taken from SR 528 - a distance of about 13 miles.