NASA announces next Mars mission: Maven

According to NASA (9/15/08) we learn:

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft will provide information about the Red Planet’s atmosphere, climate history and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before. MAVEN will make definitive scientific measurements of present-day atmospheric loss that will offer clues about the planet’s history. Called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, the $485 million mission is scheduled for launch in late 2013.

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Artist’s Concept of MAVEN, set to launch in 2013. Credit: NASA.

NASA’s web site says, “NASA’s Mars Exploration Program seeks to characterize and understand Mars as a dynamic system, including its present and past environment, climate cycles, geology and biological potential.”

More info from NASA

With the Shuttle Program officially retiring in 2010 programs like these will be exciting to watch for space exploration enthusiasts.

To read the latest news stories about the Mars NASA Maven mission visit this link

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~ by tellinghistory on September 18, 2008.

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