November 19, 2013

Mars MAVEN Mission Launch Successful

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission launched from Cape Canaveral this week. The mission will look at the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere to better understand it’s atmospheric history—specifically how Mars’ climate has changed over time due to the loss of atmospheric gases. And it’s a good time in the sun cycle for MAVEN’s mission. We’re approaching a solar max and scientists believe the sun played a role in helping gas escape the planet through the upper atmosphere. The government shutdown made things a little dicey for MAVEN’s launch but in the end all things were a go. NASA said “the spacecraft is symbolic of the hundreds of people that have been a part of this since Day One, and all kinds of support that’s needed to get us here.”

[ Read the Article: Mars Next Stop For NASA’s MAVEN Mission After Successful Launch ]

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