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United Launch Alliance is Paving the Highway to Mars

Press Release From: United Launch Alliance
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021

What: A United Launched Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched NASA’s Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter on July 30, 2020. After a seven-month journey, the rover is planning to land on Mars on Thurs., Feb 18.

 

ULA and our heritage vehicles have launched every U.S. mission to the red planet and the launch of Mars 2020 marked our 20th trip. Perseverance launched aboard an Atlas V rocket in the 541 configuration, with a 5-meter payload fairing and four solid rocket boosters. The Atlas V rocket delivered Perseverance on an ultra-preciseinterplanetary trajectory to intercept Mars. To date ULA has launched 142 times with 100 percent mission success. ULA is proud to have been part of such a significant science mission continuing the Mars legacy to provide crucial knowledge and understanding of the red planet.

 

When: The Perseverance rover is planned to touch down on Mars on Thurs., Feb. 18 at approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.

 

Details:

·       Launch highlights video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keCc0_8QfL8

 

·       Launch photo gallery:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ulalaunch/sets/72157714410183007/

 

Contact: For more information, please contact Heather McFarland: (321) 423-5491 (mobile), media@ulalaunch.com

 

About United Launch Alliance

With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 142 missions to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, deliver cutting-edge commercial services and enable GPS navigation. For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.

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