Payload Fairing

The spacecraft rides into the sky inside a protective payload fairing atop the Centaur stage.
Atlas V Launch Vehicle, Payload Fairing
The spacecraft rides into the sky inside a protective payload fairing atop the Centaur stage.

Payload Fairing

The spacecraft rides into the sky inside a protective payload fairing atop the Centaur stage. With the payload fairing on top, the vehicle ready for launch stands approximately 191 feet (58 meters) tall.



The major elements of the Atlas V-541 rocket that were used for the Mars Science Laboratory mission are: