Tag Archives: MAVEN

MAVEN: Meteoric metal chemistry in Mars’ atmosphere

When dust particles enter the Mars’ atmosphere, collisions with air molecules cause heating and evaporation, and the continuous injection of metal atoms and ions into Mars’ atmosphere. The MAVEN Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph, or IUVS, instrument has detected a layer of … Continue reading

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How the solar wind interacts with Mars

Mars, without a strong internal dipole magnetic field, is a place where the supersonic solar wind directly contacts the planet’s upper atmosphere. Using a large set of data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, [a paper published … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Image overload!

Sol 1931-33, January 11, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity has made it to “Region e” of the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) campaign. This location is a slight depression with exposed fractured bedrock that appears more “blue” from orbit … Continue reading

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MAVEN mission update

MAVEN Principal Investigator, Bruce Jakosky, provides an update on the mission during this discussion with NASA Planetary Science Director, Jim Green. The segment of the “Gravity Assist” podcast that includes Bruce talking about Mars and MAVEN can be heard here: … Continue reading

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MAVEN sheds light on habitability of distant planets

How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. “The MAVEN mission tells us that … Continue reading

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MAVEN: 3D orbit visualizer

Check out this 3D viewer from the MAVEN Science Data Center at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. This Cesium product is a fun (and useful) visualization tool that displays MAVEN’s orbit around Mars, its orientation as it points … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Mars has a twisted magnetotail

Mars has an invisible magnetic “tail” that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from MAVEN. MAVEN is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Large solar storm sparks global aurora, doubles radiation levels at surface

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. “NASA’s distributed set of science missions is in the right place to detect activity on the Sun and examine … Continue reading

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MAVEN completes Deep-Dip #7

The MAVEN spacecraft has successfully completed an eight-day deep dip campaign with the execution of a 1.8 m/sec. ∆V (change in velocity) maneuver on August 22 to raise periapsis by 11 km. The post-maneuver altitude of the spacecraft is currently … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Deep-Dip Campaign #7 begins

After two weeks with minimal contact due to the recent Mars solar conjunction, the MAVEN spacecraft has recovered full communications and has resumed nominal science operations. Beginning on August 4, the team spent four days examining the health of the … Continue reading

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