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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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MAVEN team preparing for Deep Dip #7

MAVEN is scheduled to exit Mars solar conjunction—the period when Earth and Mars are obscured from each other by the sun—on August 5, 2017. As solar conjunction comes to a close, the MAVEN team is preparing to return to normal … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Top 10 discoveries of first 1,000 days in orbit

On June 17, the MAVEN mission will celebrate 1,000 Earth days in orbit around the Red Planet. Since its launch in November 2013 and its orbit insertion in September 2014, MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars. MAVEN … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Martian atmosphere contains meteoritic metal ions

Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars. “MAVEN has made … Continue reading

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MAVEN argon study: 65% of Mars atmosphere lost

Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and … Continue reading

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MAVEN fires rocket engine to dodge Phobos

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars’ moon Phobos. (…) On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the spacecraft carried out a rocket motor burn that boosted its velocity by … Continue reading

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