Planets and Moons  ID: 4702

MAVEN Aerobraking to Achieve Science and Relay Orbit

In February 2019, MAVEN began an aerobraking campaign to tighten its orbit around Mars. When the campaign finishes in late April, MAVEN's furthest distance from the planet will be reduced by about 1,700 kilometers and its orbital period will be shortened by an hour. The aerobraking campaign will improve MAVEN's ability to relay data from rovers on the surface of Mars, while also continuing to carry out its science objectives by studying the Mars upper atmosphere and its interaction with the solar wind.
 

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Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Visualizer
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Lead Producer
John Nagy (NASA/GSFC): Engineer
Bruce Jakosky (LASP): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
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Mission:
MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN

Data Used:
SPICE Ephemerides
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Keywords:
SVS >> Satellite
SVS >> Orbit
SVS >> MAVEN
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Graphics
SVS >> Maneuver
SVS >> Infographics
SVS >> Aerobraking