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NASA’s latest Mars mission will arrive at the Red Planet this Sunday after traveling 442 million miles during its 10-month journey. The spacecraft will study Mars from orbit in the hopes of answering the question: If Mars once had an atmosphere capable of sustaining liquid water at its surface, what happened to it?
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, or MAVEN for short, is NASA’s latest mission to study the Red Planet. It’s the first spacecraft sent specifically to study Mars’ upper atmosphere. It’s job is to examine the composition, structure and escape of gases in the upper atmosphere of Mars, and to study how it interacts with the solar wind.
“So far, so good with the performance of the spacecraft and payloads on the cruise to Mars,” according to MAVEN project manager David Mitchell, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The team, the flight system, and all ground assets are ready for Mars orbit insertion.”
The spacecraft is expected to begin orbital insertion at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT Sunday, when it will fire its engines for 33 minutes to maneuver the spacecraft into a 35-hour elliptical orbit around Mars. The spacecraft will later be moved into a 4.5-hour science orbit.
MAVEN will then embark on a one year prime mission with the aim of improving our understanding of what happened to the Martian atmosphere and the water that was once present on the surface of Mars. “These are important questions for understanding the history of Mars, its climate, and its potential to support at least microbial life,” said MAVEN principal investigator Bruce Jakosky, of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
Read more about NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet here.
In addition to MAVEN, India’s MOM spacecraft arrives late tomorrow night!
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