M.A.V.E.N – Next in line to make the 400 million mile journey!

2454 kg. 123ft. $671 million. 9 high end instruments. One mission!

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN – MAVEN, launching today from Cape Canaveral, Florida is next in line to make the journey to Mars. What’s new that MAVEN will let us know about Mars unlike other missions?

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MAVEN will specifically look at the loss of volatile materials from Mars’ atmosphere to space to help scientists understand the climate change that might have happened there, in simple words; MAVEN will look into Mars’ past. What happened there that left Mars in this condition that we see today?  We want to understand if Mars was ever habitable, if there is any sign out there which would let us know about its climate, history, anything that would help us understand Earth better. MAVEN will also have an interesting elliptical orbit, at its closes point it would come as close as few hunderd kilmeters from the surface.

Tune to NASA TV! –  live coverage of MAVEN’s launch from 11 AM EST ! And there it begins, a long journey with a great quest.

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