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Status Report 11/22/2014
 
MAVEN Mission Status Updates
UPDATE: MAVEN was successfully brought out of Safehold Mode the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 21.
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Status Report 11/17/2014 MAVEN Completes Commissioning And Begins Its Primary Science Mission ››
 
Press Release 11/10/2014 Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess ››
 
Press Release 11/7/2014 Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere ››
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read the article 'MAVEN Mission Status Updates'
Status Report 11/22/2014
 
MAVEN Mission Status Updates
UPDATE: MAVEN was successfully brought out of Safehold Mode the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 21.
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read the article 'MAVEN Completes Commissioning And Begins Its Primary Science Mission'
The MAVEN spacecraft completed its commissioning activities on November 16 and has formally begun its one-year primary science mission.
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read the article 'Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess'
The relay radio on NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has completed a successful test of receiving Mars rover data, which MAVEN then forwarded to Earth.
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read the article 'Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere'
Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet's nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosp
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read the article 'NASA to Discuss Science Findings of Oct. 19 Comet Flyby of Mars'
A NASA media telecon on Friday, Nov. 7, will provide initial science observations of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring's close flyby of Mars and the impact on the Martian atmosphere.
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read the article 'All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby'
All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status Sunday after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing comet.
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read the article 'NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects'
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
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read the article 'NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere'
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars sees a solar-particle storm, gets ultraviolet images of tenuous oxygen, hydrogen and carbon coronas, and yields a map of variable ozone.
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: October 10, 2014'
Status Report 10/10/2014
 
MAVEN Status Update: October 10, 2014
Since Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) on September 21st, things have gone extremely well with the MAVEN spacecraft and the instruments that have been activated thus far.
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read the article 'NASA Shares Early Results From MAVEN Mars Orbiter'
NASA will host a news teleconference on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to announce early science results from its MAVEN mission.
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read the article 'CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars'
Two main types of explosions occur on the sun: solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Unlike the energy and X-rays produced in a solar flare - which can reach Earth at the speed of light in eight minutes - coronal mass ejections are giant clouds of sola
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Sept. 22, 2014'
Status Report 9/22/2014
 
MAVEN Status Update: Sept. 22, 2014
Right on schedule last night at 9:50 p.m. EDT, the MAVEN spacecraft fired its main engines for 33 minutes and 26 seconds in order to slow down the spacecraft enough to capture into Mars orbit.
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read the article 'NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Reaches Mars'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before.
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read the article 'NASA's Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit'
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere.
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read the article 'NASA Opens Challenge to Participate in Future Mars Missions'
NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York.
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read the article 'NASA TV, Web Coverage Set for Sept. 21 Mars Spacecraft Orbit Insertion'
NASA Television will broadcast live the Sunday, Sept. 21, Mars orbital insertion of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. EDT.
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read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: September 15, 2014'
Everything continues to go well with MAVEN as it is readied for arrival at Mars on Sunday, Sept. 21.
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read the article 'Media Invited to NASA Goddard for Mars Orbit Insertion Activities'
Media representatives are invited to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center on Sept. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT, for local coverage and interviews of the orbit insertion countdown activities for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution,
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read the article 'NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage'
NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft
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read the article 'MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars'
On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: August 29, 2014'
Status Report 8/30/2014
 
MAVEN Status Update: August 29, 2014
MAVEN continues on a smooth journey to Mars. All spacecraft systems are operating nominally.
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: July 31, 2014'
Status Report 7/31/2014
 
MAVEN Status Update: July 31, 2014
MAVEN continues on a smooth journey to Mars. All spacecraft and instrument systems are operating nominally.
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read the article 'NASA's Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby'
NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
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read the article 'MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss'
This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission in the hope of understanding how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.
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read the article 'Relay Radio on Mars-Bound NASA Craft Passes Checkout'
With completion of a checkout of the relay radio on NASA's Mars-bound MAVEN spacecraft, all of the onboard payloads have now successfully passed initial in-flight checkouts.
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Feb. 27, 2014'
Status Report 2/27/2014
 
MAVEN Status Update: Feb. 27, 2014
On Feb. 26, mission controllers performed a successful second trajectory correction maneuver, also known as TCM-2.
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read the article 'MAVEN on Track to Carry Out its Science Mission'
The MAVEN spacecraft and all of its science instruments have completed their initial checkout, and all of them are working as expected.
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read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Dec. 5, 2013'
Status Report 12/5/2013
 
MAVEN Status Update: Dec. 5, 2013
All MAVEN instrument sub-systems have been tested and are performing as expected.
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read the article 'Goddard Planetary Instruments Score a Hat Trick'
Planetary instruments from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., hit the trifecta on Dec. 4, running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space.
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read the article 'MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 4, 2013'
Status Report 12/4/2013
 
MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 4, 2013
The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass (NGIMS) initial activation occurred at approximately 10:18 a.m. EST this morning.
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read the article 'MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 3, 2013'
Status Report 12/3/2013
 
MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 3, 2013
MAVEN mission controllers performed a successful trajectory correction maneuver, also known as a TCM. Post-maneuver data review shows that TCM-1 went according to plan.
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read the article 'Mission Managers Hail Successful MAVEN Launch'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission began with a smooth countdown and flawless launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.
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read the article 'NASA Launches Mission to Study Upper Atmosphere of Mars'
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.
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read the article 'MAVEN Launch Updates'
Status Report 11/18/2013
 
MAVEN Launch Updates
View MAVEN launch updates here!
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read the article 'Centaur Begins Second Burn'
Status Report 11/18/2013
 
Centaur Begins Second Burn
The Centaur upper stage has restarted its RL-10A-4-2 engine, ending the coast phase and ensuring NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is placed on its path to Mars.
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read the article 'MAVEN, Centaur Enter Coast Phase'
Status Report 11/18/2013
 
MAVEN, Centaur Enter Coast Phase
Flight of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft continues to go well following an on-time launch at 1:28 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
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read the article 'MAVEN Lifts Off to Mars'
Status Report 11/18/2013
 
MAVEN Lifts Off to Mars
Liftoff! NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars is beginning with a spectacular launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
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read the article 'Atlas V Rocket Fully Fueled Ahead of MAVEN Launch'
At T-25 minutes, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 is fully fueled and ready to launch NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. Liftoff is planned for the openi
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read the article 'Atlas Liquid Oxygen Loading Under Way'
Status Report 11/18/2013
 
Atlas Liquid Oxygen Loading Under Way
The countdown to liftoff of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket continues to progress smoothly.
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read the article 'MAVEN Launch Countdown Resumes'
Status Report 11/18/2013
 
MAVEN Launch Countdown Resumes
Prelaunch activities are well under way at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where NASA's MAVEN spacecraft and its ride into space, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, are being readied for liftoff at 1:28 p.m. EST.
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read the article 'Countdown Enters 30-Minute Built-in Hold'
Countdown clocks across Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have paused as planned for a 30-minute hold at the T-2 hour mark.
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read the article 'LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN’s Story in a New NASA PSA'
Actor LeVar Burton shares the excitement of the mission in a new NASA public service announcement (PSA).
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read the article 'Mission Manager a Modern Mr. Fix-it'
Chuck Tatro has always been an engineer at heart. Now he's about to see nearly seven years' worth of engineering effort take off for Mars.
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read the article 'MAVEN Powered On Ahead of Launch'
Status Report 11/14/2013
 
MAVEN Powered On Ahead of Launch
Controllers turned on the MAVEN spacecraft today as the spacecraft and the Atlas V rocket that will send it to Mars continue on track for launch Monday at 1:28 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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read the article 'NASA Administrator to View Orion Spacecraft and MAVEN Launch Preparations'
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will view the latest progress on NASA's Orion spacecraft and launch preparations for the next Mars mission at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, Nov. 17.
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read the article 'MAVEN Seeks to Solve Another Mars Riddle'
NASA's next Mars explorer soon will leave Earth on a mission to answer one of the Red Planet's greatest conundrums: If our arid celestial neighbor once had a thicker atmosphere and a surface flowing with water, as evidence suggests, how did the climate ch
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read the article 'Review Verifies MAVEN, Atlas V and Eastern Range Ready for Launch'
The Flight Readiness Review was successfully held today at Kennedy Space Center for the launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA's MAVEN spacecraft bound for Mars.
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read the article 'MAVEN and Atlas V Pass Integrated Systems Test'
Yesterday the MAVEN spacecraft, operating in unison with its United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle, passed a critical electrical test called the Integrated Systems Test.
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read the article 'NASA Video Illustrates MAVEN Mission's Investigation of a Lost Mars'
NASA has prepared a new video to illustrate its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission's investigation of dramatic climate change on Mars.
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read the article 'What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery'
Billions of years ago when the planets of our solar system were still young, Mars was a very different world.
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read the article 'MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels'
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission launches in November to study why the Red Planet is losing its atmosphere, one of its instruments will look to electrically charged particles called electrons for answers.
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read the article 'MAVEN Briefings and Events'
Press Release 11/8/2013
 
MAVEN Briefings and Events
NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutionN, or MAVEN, is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Nov. 18.
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read the article 'MAVEN's Rollout to Launch Complex Rescheduled; Launch Date Unchanged'
During testing at Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a leak was discovered in a ground system gaseous purge line required for the MAVEN spacecraft.
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read the article 'What MAVEN Would See on Mars on Halloween'
The sun has emitted many coronal mass ejections in the week leading up to Oct. 31, 2013, which merged together over time to pass Mars.
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read the article 'NASA Prepares to Launch First Mission to Explore Martian Upper Atmosphere'
A NASA spacecraft that will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail is undergoing final preparations for a scheduled 1:28 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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read the article 'NASA Hosts NASA TV News Briefing on Upcoming Mars Mission'
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.
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read the article 'Communications Tests Go the Distance for MAVEN'
It's not easy to simulate millions of miles electronically, but that's what engineers did recently as they tested the all-important communications system the MAVEN spacecraft will use to relay its study results from Mars orbit to Earth-bound researchers.
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read the article 'NASA Hosts Social Media Event at MAVEN Launch in Florida'
NASA will give 150 of its social media followers an insider's look at America's space program and the opportunity to see a launch in person.
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read the article 'MAVEN Paces Through Prelaunch Prep'
Press Release 9/6/2013
 
MAVEN Paces Through Prelaunch Prep
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, better known as MAVEN, is slated for launch Nov. 18 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
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read the article 'MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin'
MAVEN's approach to Mars studies will be quite different from that taken by recent probes dispatched to the Red Planet.
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read the article 'Haiku Selected To Be Carried On Next NASA Mars Mission'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission scheduled to launch in November, will carry over 1,100 personal three-line poems, or haiku.
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read the article 'NASA Begins Launch Preparations for Next Mars Mission'
NASA's next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is now perched in a cleanroom to begin final preparations for its November launch.
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read the article 'MAVEN Spectrometer Opens Window to Red Planet's Past'
When NASA's MAVEN mission begins its journey to the Red Planet later this year, it will be equipped with a special instrument to take the planet back in time.
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read the article 'NASA Invites Public To Send Names And Messages To Mars'
NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
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read the article 'Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated to Spacecraft'
An instrument that will measure the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere has been integrated into NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. MAVEN has a scheduled launch date of Nov. 18.
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read the article 'Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars'
A comet is heading for Mars, and there is a chance that it might hit the Red Planet in October 2014. An impact wouldn't necessarily mean the end of NASA's Mars program, but it would transform the program along with Mars itself.
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read the article 'Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer'
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission begins its journey to the Red Planet in 2013, it will carry a sensitive magnetic-field instrument built and tested by a team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
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read the article 'Particles And Fields Package Integrated On Upcoming Mars Bound Spacecraft'
The six science instruments that comprise the Particles and Fields Package that will characterize the solar wind and ionosphere of Mars have been integrated aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.
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read the article 'NASA'S MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo.
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read the article 'NASA Announces Robust Multi-Year Mars Program; New Rover To Close Out Decade Of New Missions'
Building on the success of Curiosity's Red Planet landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020.
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read the article 'Instrument Delivered for NASA's Upcoming Mars Mission'
A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere has arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.
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read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Clues to Changes in Mars' Atmosphere'
NASA's car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere.
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read the article 'Next Mars Mission Enters Final Phase Before Launch'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission has passed a critical milestone, Key Decision Point-D or KDP-D.
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read the article 'NASA Goddard Delivers Magnetometers for NASA's Next Mission to Mars'
agnetometers built by scientists and engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for NASA's Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission have been delivered to the University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laborator
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read the article 'New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile'
Maybe because it appears as a speck of blood in the sky, the planet Mars was named after the Roman god of war. From the point of view of life as we know it, that's appropriate. The Martian surface is incredibly hostile for life.
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read the article 'NASA Study of Clays Suggests Watery Mars Underground'
A new NASA study suggests if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting habitats were most likely below the Red Planet's surface.
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read the article 'MAVEN Mission Primary Structure Complete'
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission has reached a new milestone.
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read the article 'MAVEN Mission Completes Major Milestone'
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission reached a major milestone last week when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR).
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read the article 'NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Maven Mission'
NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Littleton, Colo., to launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft known as MAVEN. MAVEN will launch in November 2013 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force
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read the article 'NASA gives LASP-led Mars mission green light'
The effort, known as the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission, will explore the past climate of Mars, including its potential for harboring life over the ages.
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read the article 'Thumbs Up Given For 2013 NASA Mars Orbiter'
NASA's mission to investigate the mystery of how Mars lost much of its atmosphere has won approval for development, and will move toward a 2013 launch.
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read the article 'Selects 'MAVEN' Mission to Study Mars Atmosphere'
NASA has selected a Mars robotic mission that will provide information about the Red Planet's atmosphere, climate history and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before. Called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft,
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read the article 'NASA Delays Mars Scout Mission To 2013'
Press Release 12/21/2007
 
NASA Delays Mars Scout Mission To 2013
NASA announced today that the next mission in the Mars Scout program, originally planned for launch in 2011, is now targeted for launch in 2013. The schedule slip is because of an organizational conflict of interest that was discovered in one of the missi
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read the article 'NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies'
On Monday, NASA selected for concept study development two proposals for future robotic missions to Mars. These missions would increase understanding of Mars' atmosphere, climate and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before.
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NASA | Targeting Mars

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is quickly approaching Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. When it arrives on September 21, 2014, MAVEN's winding journey from Earth will culminate with a dramatic engine burn, pulling the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit.

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read the article 'Comet Siding Spring Wide Shots'
 
This visualization show MAVEN and Comet Siding Spring making their way through the solar system to a close encounter near Mars. This animation moves the camera in a bit closer and more parallel with the ecliptic plane as the comet and MAVEN encounter the Martian region. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SVS
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read the article 'Comet Siding Spring Wide Shots (Fixed)'
 
This visualization show MAVEN and Comet Siding Spring making their way through the solar system to a close encounter near Mars. This animation maintains a fixed camera above the ecliptic plane of the solar system. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SVS
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read the article 'Investigating the Martian Atmosphere'
 
The Martian surface bears ample evidence of flowing water in its youth, from crater lakes and riverbeds to minerals that only form in water. But today Mars is cold and dry, and scientists think that the loss of Mars' water may have been caused by the loss of its early atmosphere. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission, or MAVEN, will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.
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read the article 'MAVEN Targeting Mars'
 
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is quickly approaching Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. When it arrives on September 21, 2014, MAVEN's winding journey from Earth will culminate with a dramatic engine burn, pulling the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit.
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read the article 'Colliding Atmospheres: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring'
 
Comet Siding Spring is about to fly historically close to Mars. The encounter could spark Martian auroras, a meteor shower, and other unpredictable effects. Whatever happens, NASA's fleet of Mars satellites, including MAVEN, will have a ringside seat.
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read the article 'Studying the Solar Wind on Mars'
 
Robert Lin, the late director of the Space Sciences Laboratory, discusses how NASA's MAVEN spacecraft will study the interaction of the Martian atmosphere with the solar wind. MAVEN's findings will reveal how Mars lost its early atmosphere, turning it from a warm, wet planet into the cold, dry one that we see today.
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