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This image features a view from below an Atlas 5 rocket as it lifts off.  A bright blue sky is filled with clouds of smoke from the launch.
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An Atlas 5 Rocket

An Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in August 2005.  Lockheed Martin is building the orbiter at its facility near Denver, Colorado.  Lockheed Martin is also building the Atlas 5, designated AV-007, that will launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Credit: Lockheed Martin

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