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Mars rover mated with Atlas 5 launcher after teams deal with coronavirus cases

Posted On: 9 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Mars rover mated with Atlas 5 launcher after teams deal with coronavirus cases

The Atlas 5 rocket's payload shroud containing the Perseverance rover was raised atop the launch vehicle Tuesday, July 7. Credit: NASA/Christian Mangano
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has been hoisted on top of its United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at Cape Canaveral for liftoff this month, passing a major pre-launch milestone after teams repaired a small leak on the launch vehicle and overcame delays caused by coronavirus cases among staff working on the mission.
The Mars-bound rover was raised on top of the Atlas 5 rocket Tuesday inside ULA's Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The meeting of the Atlas 5 with the Perseverance rover completed assembly of the 197-foot-tall rocket, which began May 28 with the lifting of the Atlas 5's first stage on its mobile launch platform.
Built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, the rover will land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, and begin exploring a region named Jezero Crater. The 28-mile-wide crater...

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