MAVEN National Air and Space Museum Presentation
Ancient riverbeds, crater lakes and flood channels all attest to Mars's warm, watery past. So how did the Red Planet evolve from a once hospitable world into the cold, dry desert that we see today? One possibility is that Mars lost its early atmosphere, allowing its water to escape into space, and NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft will investigate just that. On September 25, 2013, MAVEN Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky delivered a presentation at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discussing NASA's next mission to Mars. An edited version appears below.
MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) is NASA's next mission to Mars, designed to figure out how the Red Planet lost its early atmosphere to space. Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky discusses Mars's missing atmosphere and the challenges of building the MAVEN spacecraft.
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MAVEN NASM 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:00AM
Produced by - Dan Jacob