Countdown to Launch: Top Five Atlas Moments
With its inception at a ballistic missile and transition to a launch vehicle, the Atlas family of rockets has an unparalleled success rate of 117 consecutive successful launches. Over the last 50+ years, Atlas has launched people into space, sent spacecraft to other planets, and enabled communications on earth. Here’s a look back at some of Atlas’ most memorable moments.
1. Launching the First American to Orbit the Earth
2. Enabling Broadcast Communications
3. Exploring Mars
4. Heavy Lifting
5. Headed to Jupiter