Atlas V Rocket Packs a Powerful Punch


Perseverance on the launch pad
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket will provide the power for today’s launch. Photo credit: NASA

Some fun facts about the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, which will be powering Perseverance off the pad this morning:

  • “We call it ‘The Dominator,’” United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said.
  • It has four giant solid rocket boosters (SRBs), each putting out 350,000 pounds of thrust.
  • The rocket has about 200 million miles to travel on its transfer orbit.