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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October Comet Flyby Caused 'Mind-Blowing' Martian Meteor Shower
Comet Siding Spring Approaching Mars (Artist’s Concept)
June 30th, 2015
Observations by NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter suggest that shooting stars lit up the Red Planet's skies after the close flyby of Comet Siding Spring this past October.
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NASA Probe Circles Mars for 1,000th Time
MAVEN Completes 1,000 Orbits Around Mars
April 9th, 2015
NASA's Mars-studying MAVEN spacecraft notched a spaceflight milestone this week — its 1,000th orbit of the Red Planet. MAVEN arrived at Mars in September 2014 and began its yearlong prime science mission on Nov. 16.
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NASA Probe Piecing Together How Mars' Atmosphere Escapes to Space
MAVEN Spacecraft Orbiting Mars
December 16th, 2014
A NASA spacecraft that recently arrived in orbit around Mars is already helping to solve a Martian mystery. See how NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is revealing new secrets of the Red Planet.
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NASA Mars Spacecraft Enter Communications Blackout Sunday
Mars Solar Conjunction
June 5th, 2015
From June 7 through June 21, Mars will be behind the sun from Earth's perspective. This geometry makes radio communications between the two planets difficult, so engineers won't send commands to NASA's Mars spacecraft during this stretch.
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NASA Spacecraft Takes 'Deep Dip' Into Martian Upper Atmosphere
Illustration of MAVEN Orbiting Mars
March 27th, 2015
NASA's newest Mars probe recently made a risky dive into the Red Planet's upper atmosphere to learn more about how the planet's climate changed over time.
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NASA's Next Mars Lander Enters Final Assembly Stage
InSight Propulsion Test
December 10th, 2014
Assembly, test and launch operations began recently for NASA's InSight lander, which aims to study the interior of Mars to learn more about how the solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 bilion years ago.
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Comet Flies By Mars Today in Rare Encounter: Watch It Online
Spacecraft 'Hiding' Behind Mars
October 19th, 2014
A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system is due to give Mars a close shave on Sunday (Oct. 19), and you can watch the flyby live online.
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Was Ancient Mars Warm? Planet's History Takes Watery New Twist
Early Mars Artist's Impression
May 12th, 2015
A new study suggests that Mars has lost the equivalent of an ocean's worth of water over the past four billion years. However, the question of whether Mars was ever warm enough to have hosted such an ocean has sparked debate.
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Aurora 'Christmas Lights' on Mars Spotted by NASA Spacecraft
Artist’s illustration of MAVEN’s Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph instrument observing the “Christmas Lights Aurora" on Mars. MAVEN's observations show that auroras on Mars are similar to those on Earth but have a different origin.
March 19th, 2015
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft spotted ultraviolet "Christmas light" auroras dancing in the Red Planet's atmosphere for five days leading up to Dec. 25, 2014.
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NASA Spacecraft at Mars Survive Close Encounter with Comet
Comet Siding Spring Seen at Siding Spring Observatory
October 20th, 2014
Three spacecraft at Mars survived a close brush with a comet that buzzed by the Red Planet Sunday (Oct. 19), while scientists on Earth captured some amazing images of the comet's close pass.
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