Mars-Bound MAVEN at the launch padTwo days before the scheduled launch to Mars, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft rolled out of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, Cape Canaveral, Florida.Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
It’s called a V-Rocket. Wonder if it is the decendant of the German V-2 Rocket. It has been said that the US space program was so inferior to the German space program that at the end of WW2 the US Space Program consisted of taking the swastika off the rocket and putting the red, white and blue on it lol. And then there was the cold war claim on both sides that “our captured German scientists are better than YOUR captured German scientists”. Regardless, hope the mission exceeds all expectations. Good luck!