MAVEN Lifts Off to Mars
Liftoff! NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars is beginning with a spectacular launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 was right on time at 1:28 p.m. EST. The rocket's first-stage engine will burn for about four minutes, then separate from the vehicle, allowing the Centaur upper stage to take over.