MAVEN - NASA Mars Mission - News, Photos, Video

NASA's MAVEN mission is expected to investigate the mystery of how ancient Mars went from being a wet world to the cold, dry desert it is now. The MAVEN (short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) probe will investigate the Red Planet's thin atmosphere, searching for signs of how the planet became what it is today. See the latest MAVEN news, photos and video here.
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Mars' Lost Atmosphere: MAVEN Probe Scientist Explains New Finding
Solar Storm Hitting Mars
November 12th, 2015
Bruce Jakosky, principle investigator for MAVEN, spoke with about new findings that the sun stripped away much of Mars' atmosphere.
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Gorgeous Auroras Could Light Up Entire Martian Sky
Auroras on Mars
November 5th, 2015
The first astronauts to set foot on Mars may be in for a spectacular sight — the entire night sky filled with glowing auroras.
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NASA to Unveil New Findings About Mars' Atmosphere Thursday
NASA’s MAVEN Mars Orbiter
November 3rd, 2015
The space agency is hosting a news conference on Thursday at 2 p.m. EST to "announce new findings on [the] fate of Mars' atmosphere," according to a media advisory. You can watch the news conference live here on, courtesy of NASA TV.
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Mars Lost Atmosphere to Space as Life Took Hold on Earth
Solar Storm Stripping Mars' Atmosphere
November 5th, 2015
New results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft suggest that Mars lost most of its atmosphere — which had kept the Red Planet relatively warm and allowed it to support liquid surface water — to space about 3.7 billion years ago.
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Mars' Missing Atmosphere Likely Lost in Space
Nili Fossae Region on Mars
October 5th, 2015
A Martian atmosphere thick enough to allow constantly flowing water may have been lost to space rather than trapped by surface rocks, according to a recent study.
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NASA Working to Avoid Traffic Jams at Mars
Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy
July 30th, 2015
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
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Bad News for Terraforming: Mars' Atmosphere Is Lost in Space
Terraforming Mars
November 6th, 2015
Most of the carbon dioxide from Mars' formerly thick atmosphere was lost to space billions of years ago, meaning the greenhouse gas cannot be accessed to help warm the planet up again.
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NASA Mars Probe Marks One Year at Red Planet
NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft
September 23rd, 2015
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived in orbit around the Red Planet on Sept. 21, 2014, 10 months after blasting off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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