Washington, Nov 16 (EFEUSA).- The U.S. space agency NASA on Saturday rolled out to the launching pad at Cap Canaveral, Florida, the Atlas 5 rocket, which will blast off Monday for Mars carrying the MAVEN spacecraft, which will study the atmosphere of that planet.

The rocket, 57.3 meters (188 feet) long, is scheduled to take off from Florida on Monday at 1:28 p.m. local time (1828 GMT).

Meteorologists point to a 60 percent probability of favorable weather conditions for the rocket launch on that day and hour.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will travel 10 months through space to an orbit around the red planet, and will then collect data to determine how and why it became the cold desert it is today.

Research up to now has shown that Mars was once a planet with water but the influence of the sun and other factors caused it to lose its atmosphere. EFE