Alabama-built rocket set to power NASA mission to Mars this summer - Yellowhammer News | Yellowhammer News
If all goes well, a Decatur-built Atlas V Rocket will carry NASA's Perseverance rover into space on a mission to Mars later this month.
NASA and United Launch Alliance are now targeting Thurs., July 30, at 7:50 a.m. ET, with a two-hour window, for launch of the Mars 2020 mission.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover's astrobiology mission will search for signs of ancient microbial life. It will also characterize the planet's climate and geology, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first planetary mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust).
For more on the United Launch Alliance facility in Decatur where the Atlas V and other rockets are built visit Amazing Alabama: https://amazingalabama.com/profiles/united-launch-alliance/