Good gracious. I’m not sure whether this is amazingly awesome or totally ridiculous, or maybe a bit of both. They seriously have a costumed Atlas V mascot now. I kinda want to hug him.
Also, Atlas V is going to liftoff from Vandenberg AFB in California tomorrow morning at 9:50AM local time with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. It will be flying in its lightest configuration, and making a “coast hugging” path to the south (based on where the NOTAMs have been issued), although the final orbit is of course not disclosed.
Here’s ULA’s preview of the mission, using stock footage of prior launches and CGI animation: