Monday, June 27, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

NASA's Maven Mars mission launches


Posted on Tuesday, 19 November, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments

Maven should enter orbit around Mars in September 2014. Image Credit: NASA
The next spacecraft headed for the Red Planet has launched successfully from Cape Canaveral.
Rather than landing on the surface like the Curiosity rover, Maven will instead remain in orbit around Mars so that it can study the planet's atmosphere.

Mars is believed to have been once surrounded by a thick atmosphere that made it possible for liquid water to exist on its surface. Gradually however these gases were lost and NASA hopes that Maven will help to explain how this happened. Today the atmosphere is so thin that any liquid water on the surface would simply boil away immediately.

The $671m spacecraft launched on top of an Atlas V rocket at 13:28 local time and successfully separated after 53 minutes before deploying its solar panels and orienting itself for the trip.

"Everything looks good. The signals are coming in fine, and so far the systems that are on are reporting back great. We're heading out to the Red Planet," said project manager David Mitchell.

Source: BBC News | Comments (7)

Tags: Mars, Maven, NASA


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 18 November, 2013, 18:32
Atlas V with MAVEN Lift off! On time and at the first attempt.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 18 November, 2013, 19:27
Liftoff of MAVENAn Atlas V rocket lifts off at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.The mission is to send the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft on a 10-month journey to explore the Red Planet's climate history.Credit: NASA's Kennedy Space CenterSource: NASA/Kennedy - Multimedia
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 18 November, 2013, 22:42
NASA Launches Mission to Study Upper Atmosphere of Mars A NASA mission that will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket's second stage 53 minutes after launch. The solar arrays deployed approximately one hour after launch and currently power the spacecraft. MAVEN now is embarking on a 10-month interplanetary cruise before arriving at Mars next September. Read more.... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 November, 2013, 0:24
MAVEN Separates from Centaur Upper StageFollowing liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft separates from the Centaur upper stage as it begins a 10-month journey to explore the Red Planet's climate history.Credit: NASA's Kennedy Space CenterSource: NASA/Kennedy - Multimedia
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 November, 2013, 0:55
NASA Manager Discusses MAVEN LaunchFollowing liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft is on its way to the Red Planet. NASA officials discuss the launch and the mission.Credit: NASA's Kennedy Space CenterSource: NASA/Kennedy - Multimedia
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 November, 2013, 1:35
NASA Administrator Congratulates MAVEN Launch TeamFollowing liftoff of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden congratulated the agency and contractor launch team. (Note: Not optimum sound quality.)Credit: NASA's Kennedy Space CenterSource: NASA/Kennedy - Multimedia
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 November, 2013, 18:12
MAVEN launch—multiple anglesOn November 18, 2013, at 1:28 p.m. (EST), the MAVEN spacecraft rocketed away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Space Launch Complex 41 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster. The picture-perfect lift off was captured from a variety of angles adjacent to the launch pad and spread across NASA's Kennedy Space Center.The launch began a 10-month journey to Mars for MAVEN, where it will enter orbit on September 22, 2014, and become the first mission devoted to understanding the processes involved in the evolution of the planet's upper atmosphere. Doing so w... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5706642
259116
160942

 
Is Elvis Presley alive ? New footage surfaces
6-27-2016
A video of a familiar looking groundsman at Graceland has sparked rumors that the King is not dead.
Weird machine enables a dog to pet its owner
6-26-2016
A bizarre contraption called the 'Affectionator' gives a dog the chance to pat its owner on the head.
Arctic turning bright pink color due to algae
6-26-2016
The pristine white of the Arctic landscape seems to have been turning a rather unusual shade of pink.
Batman would be 'ill-equipped' say scientists
6-25-2016
Researchers at the University of Leicester have determined that Batman would be rubbish in real life.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
How MythBusters saved a woman's life
Posted 6-27-2016 | 0 comments
A woman whose car careened in to a lake was saved by an episode of MythBusters.
 
Real-life dire wolves
Posted 6-26-2016 | 3 comments
The huge wolves in Game of Thrones actually existed 300,000 years ago.
 
Teaching a gorilla to talk
Posted 6-25-2016 | 8 comments
A western lowland gorilla named Koko was taught from an early age to use sign language.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
 
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
 
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
 
Paralyzed
4-15-2016 | United States
 
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
 
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
 
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
 
The funeral director
3-30-2016 | Hebburn, England
 
A strange sighting in Spain
3-30-2016 | Albatera, Spain
 
Dust patterns on basement floor
3-27-2016 | Smithville, Texas
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ