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MAVEN Mars Orbiter Gets Reprieve

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:13 PM

Mars orbiter granted reprieve from government closure


spaceflightnow.com said:

Engineers returned to work on NASA's next Mars mission at the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday after receiving an emergency exception under federal law to continue launch preparations for a $671 million orbiter to probe the red planet's atmosphere.

The decision keeps the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission on schedule for liftoff Nov. 18 at the opening of a 20-day primary launch window.

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