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In this image, against a bright blue sky, an Atlas 5 rocket tears into the sky with a tail of fire leaving clouds of smoke in its wake.
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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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