PHOTO FEATURE: Stunning Views of MAVEN's Launch to Mars

The violent launch to send MAVEN to Mars begins.  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

The violent launch to send MAVEN to Mars begins. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

On Monday, Nov. 18 2013, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft thundered off the surface of the Earth to begin its half-billion-mile journey to Mars. The $670 million Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, or MAVEN, is the product of 10 years of work from people across the country, and Monday’s countdown to launch went about as smoothly as could be.

MAVEN’s ride to space, the 188-foot-tall workhorse United Launch Alliance Atlas-V 401 rocket, thundered out of Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 under overcast skies right on time at 1:28 p.m. EST. The 5,400-pound, bus-size spacecraft (with solar arrays deployed) roared into space on 860,000 pounds of thrust, pushing through the clouds and sending sonic booms out for miles around from the Atlas-V’s RD-180 engine.

Read our detailed launch story HERE!

The photographers at AmericaSpace put a lot of work into capturing the images that document our nation’s space program up close and personal, and presented here are some of the fantastic views captured by our team.

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MAVEN's final night on Earth.  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Rob V. Mackelenbergh

MAVEN’s final night on Earth. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Rob V. Mackelenbergh

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeffrey Soulliere

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeffrey Soulliere

MAVEN's launch, as seen from Playalinda Beach 4 miles north of SLC-41.  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alex Menendez (www.instinctfilms.com)

MAVEN’s launch, as seen from Playalinda Beach 4 miles north of SLC-41. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alex Menendez (www.instinctfilms.com)

From the roof of NASA's 500+ foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building.  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian (www.MikeKillianPhotography.com)

From the roof of NASA’s 500+ foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian (www.MikeKillianPhotography.com)

LIFTOFF!  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

LIFTOFF! Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian (www.MikeKillianPhotography.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian (www.MikeKillianPhotography.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Hap Griffin

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Hap Griffin

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeff Seibert & Mike Barrett (www.Wired4Space.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Jeff Seibert & Mike Barrett (www.Wired4Space.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Rob V. Mackelenbergh

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Rob V. Mackelenbergh

MAVEN begins its half-billion mile journey to Mars.  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

MAVEN begins its half-billion mile journey to Mars. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alan Walters (www.AWaltersPhoto.com)

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Hap Griffin

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Hap Griffin

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / John Studwell

Wide-angle view from the roof of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building.  Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian (www.MikeKillianPhotography.com)

Wide-angle view from the roof of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Mike Killian (www.MikeKillianPhotography.com)

 

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