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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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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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