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2013-11-18 16:21:22

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA mission that will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket's second stage 53 minutes after launch. The solar arrays deployed...

Mars Next Stop For NASA's MAVEN Mission After Successful Launch
2013-11-18 13:03:03

[ Watch the Video: Mars MAVEN Mission Launch Successful ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new spacecraft aimed at un-layering the history of Mars’ upper atmosphere launched from Cape Canaveral on Monday. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be joining up with other elite spacecraft orbiting around the Red Planet in September 2014, after traveling millions of miles across the solar system. MAVEN will be the first spacecraft to...

What Happened To Mars Is A Planetary Mystery
2013-11-13 12:46:07

[ Watch The Video: ScienceCasts: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery ] NASA Science Billions of years ago when the planets of our solar system were still young, Mars was a very different world. Liquid water flowed in long rivers that emptied into lakes and shallow seas. A thick atmosphere blanketed the planet and kept it warm. In this cozy environment, living microbes might have found a home, starting Mars down the path toward becoming a second life-filled planet next door...

India Looks To Be Fourth Nation To Launch Mission To Mars
2013-11-05 06:00:47

[ Watch the Video: Mars Targeted By India's Space Agency ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE: Nov 5, 2013 (6:00 a.m.) India has successfully launched its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center this morning with the aim of becoming only the fourth country to reach the Red Planet. The Mangalyaan probe lifted off at 2:38 p.m. local time after a 56-hour countdown that began Sunday. The launch went off without a hitch for the...

Mars MAVEN Mission In Final Preparations For November Launch
2013-10-29 04:22:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which is currently scheduled for November 18. MAVEN, which will allow scientists to analyze the upper atmosphere of Mars in previously unimagined detail, is scheduled to depart Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:28pm on that Monday afternoon. According to NASA officials, the probe will study the specific...

2013-10-23 12:21:19

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 28, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency's next mission to Mars and the first devoted to understanding the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The briefing on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will take place at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW in Washington, and air live on NASA Television...

Curiosity Sampling Confirms Earth Meteorites Are From Mars
2013-10-16 16:04:54

[ Watch the Video: Martian Roots In Many Meteorites ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has proven some of the meteorites discovered have indeed come from the Red Planet, according to a new study published by the American Geophysical Union. A new measurement of Mars' atmosphere by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows two forms of argon gas. The lighter and heavier forms, or isotopes, of argon exist naturally throughout...

Mars Mission Will Launch
2013-10-05 04:22:55

[ Watch the Video: MAVEN Mission Will Still Launch In November ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the government shutdown in progress, many speculations have arisen about NASA's upcoming MAVEN launch, but the latest intel indicates the mission will fall under a special exception to get it back up and running. When the government closed its doors earlier this week its impact was felt by all agencies, including NASA. The US space agency had to halt many of its...

MAVEN Mars Mission
2013-08-06 04:02:09

[ Watch the Video: NASA | MAVEN Magnetometer ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As the Mars Curiosity rover marks its one-year anniversary, NASA is already beginning final preparations for the November launch of its next mission to the Red Planet. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday. It is currently housed in a cleanroom, undergoing in-depth testing and fueling prior to its...