Planets and Moons  ID: 11673

MAVEN at Mars

On September 21, 2014, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft completed its 10-month journey and entered orbit around the Red Planet. As the first mission devoted to observing the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars, MAVEN will help scientists determine how much of the atmosphere has been lost throughout the planet’s history and which processes have driven that loss. The spacecraft has already conducted preliminary observations of important gases in the planet’s upper atmosphere and sent those images back to Earth. Watch the videos to learn more about the MAVEN mission.

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Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Ernie Wright (USRA)
Walt Feimer (HTSI)
Michael Lentz (USRA)
Chris Smith (HTSI)

Video Editor:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Dan Gallagher (USRA)
Michael Starobin (HTSI)

Lead Scientists:
David Folta (NASA/GSFC)
Bruce Jakosky (LASP)

Project Support:
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Rob Andreoli (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.)
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Lead Writer:
Elizabeth Zubritsky (ADNET)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
MAVEN Mars images courtesy of NASA/University of Colarado/Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

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