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https://safirsoft.com The final launch to Mars for the next two years looked pretty epic

An Atlas V brought the Florida skies alive.

On Thursday morning, an Atlas V rocket launched NASA's latest rover, Perseverance, to Mars.

This marked the third of three launches to the red planet in 2020—following the UAE's Hope and China's Tianwen-1 missions—and it came near the closing of this year's month-long "window" to the red planet. During such a window, which comes around about every 26 months, spacecraft can follow an elliptical orbit such that they will arrive at the location in space where Mars will be seven months from now—making the shortest possible journey to the red planet.

Further ReadingNASA’s most complex, ambitious rover yet is on its way to Mars [Updated]

Even the smallest missions to Mars need a powerful rocket to launch, and this is especially true for a rover that will be the largest object NASA has ever tried to land on the red planet's surface. Perseverance weighs a little more than a metric ton.

For this mission, NASA chose an Atlas V rocket with four solid rocket boosters. The rocket built by United Launch Alliance took flight under clear skies from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and, well, we'll stop writing because the photos of this epic launch speak for themselves. We're not sure we've ever seen a more breathtaking Atlas V launch.

Listing image by NASA

The final launch to Mars for the next two years looked pretty epic
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https://safirsoft.com The Air Force selects ULA and SpaceX for mid-2020s launches

The Air Force selects ULA and SpaceX for mid-2020s launches

"I am very confident with the selection that we have made today."

On Friday afternoon, the US Air Force answered one of the big questions that h...

https://safirsoft.com New study models ways of emerging from a pandemic lockdown

New study models ways of emerging from a pandemic lockdown

New study tries to optimize the restrictions that keep further waves at bay.

As the scale and threat of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, rese...

https://safirsoft.com Rocket Report: Virgin Galactic delays commercial flights, Electron beefs up

Rocket Report: Virgin Galactic delays commercial flights, Electron beefs up

"We would then plan to fly Sir Richard Branson on the third powered flight."

Welcome to Edition 3.11 of the Rocket Report! A lot of the most int...

https://safirsoft.com Updated hurricane-season outlooks: Expect plenty more storms

Updated hurricane-season outlooks: Expect plenty more storms

NOAA expects as many as nine more hurricanes through November.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic has so far been quite active, with nine storms c...

https://safirsoft.com With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds

With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds

Researchers warn of very high death rates if officials don't take action.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads uncontrolled in much of the United...

https://safirsoft.com What we know about the massive chemical explosion in Beirut

What we know about the massive chemical explosion in Beirut

More than 135 people were killed, thousands injured, and 300,000 left homeless.

On Tuesday, Beirut was devastated by a massive chemical explosio...

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