Practice, Practice, Practice: 'Wet Dress Rehearsal'
The launch services team at Kennedy Space Center conducted an all-important "wet dress rehearsal" for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission in mid-July, 2005.
During the rehearsal, the Atlas V rocket was fired. Pre-liftoff operations were conducted and the rocket's engine was fueled.
The launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is scheduled for Aug. 10, 2005. Launch of the spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket will be from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.