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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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MAVEN: High-altitude water gives atmospheric escape route for Mars hydrogen

Researchers at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics have discovered an atmospheric escape route for hydrogen on Mars, a mechanism that may have played a significant role in the planet’s loss of liquid water. The findings … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Marvelous Martian

On Planetary Radio at The Planetary Society: MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, has gone a long way toward solving the mystery of the Red Planet’s missing water and air. The University of Colorado’s Nick Schneider says it … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Ups & downs of water escape from Mars

After investigating the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet for a full Martian year, MAVEN has determined that escaping water does not always go gently into space. Sophisticated measurements made by a suite of instruments on the MAVEN spacecraft revealed … Continue reading

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MAVEN: New view of Mars in ultraviolet

New global images of Mars from the MAVEN mission show the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behavior. They include the first images of “nightglow” that can be used to show how winds … Continue reading

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MAVEN completes one Mars year at Mars

Today [October 3], MAVEN has completed one Mars year of science observations. One Mars year is just under two Earth years. MAVEN launched on Nov. 18, 2013, and went into orbit around Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. During its time … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Tracing Mars atmospheric loss through time: the Three Devils

Why is the surface of Mars no longer habitable? Sounds like a straightforward question, right? However, those nine words comprise one of the most vexing questions in planetary science. There is now overwhelming evidence that Mars was once a place … Continue reading

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MAVEN completes deep-dip campaign #6

After a week of busy orbit determinations and reconstructions, the MAVEN navigation team has reported that the 6th Deep Dip campaign of the mission has been a success. During the latest Deep Dip, Mars’ atmospheric density varied widely, from a … Continue reading

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MAVEN begins deep-dip campaign #6

The MAVEN navigation team executed maneuvers on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week that provided a total delta-V (∆V) of 4.0 m/sec. to the spacecraft and lowered the periapsis (lowest altitude) by a total of 24.5 km to 120.5 km … Continue reading

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MAVEN: Mapping Mars’ upper atmosphere

High above the thin ‪Martian‬ skies, the ‪MAVEN‬ spacecraft is carrying out a mission: determine how Mars lost its early atmosphere, and with it, its water. MAVEN is currently executing the 9th stellar occultation campaign of the mission. These campaigns … Continue reading

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