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MAVEN Status Update: Nov. 22, 2014

After ground testing and careful review over the last two days, MAVEN was successfully brought out of Safehold Mode this afternoon. The spacecraft is operating nominally in Earth-Point Mode with high-rate communications. All the instruments are safe and are currently off. The spacecraft will be monitored over the weekend to ensure a safe condition before the instruments are turned back on.

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MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN

Answers About Mars Climate History 

  • The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, scheduled for launch in late 2013, will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.
  • The goal of MAVEN is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. Where did the atmosphere – and the water – go?
  • MAVEN will determine how much of the Martian atmosphere has been lost over time by measuring the current rate of escape to space and gathering enough information about the relevant processes to allow extrapolation backward in time.


Siding Spring Briefing

NASA is hosting a news teleconference at noon EST Friday, Nov. 7, to discuss comet Siding Spring's Mars fly-by.

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Download HD-format videos about MAVEN from NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio.

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Page Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014
Page Editor: Karl Hille