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In this image, a vibrantly blue sky serves as the backdrop for a tiny dot of fire with a trail of smoke behind it.  The tiny dot is the Atlas V rocket that launched the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the smoke is the rocket's contrail.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Takes to the Skies

Just seconds after launch, the Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter already appears tiny. It races through the sky toward its ultimate destination, Mars, leaving a white contrail behind it.

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