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Photos: NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

David Mitchell at MAVEN Press Briefing

NASA/Jay Westcott

David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses the upcoming launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, at a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.

Dwayne Brown at MAVEN Press Briefing

NASA/Jay Westcott

Dwayne Brown, NASA Public Affairs Officer, takes a question from a member of the press on the upcoming launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, at a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.

Lisa May Discusses Launch at MAVEN Press Briefing

NASA/Jay Westcott

Lisa May, MAVEN program executive, NASA Headquarters discusses the upcoming launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, at a press conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.

NASA Mars Maven Orbiter Meets Reporters

NASA/Kim Shiflett

Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, reporters and photographers look over the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft on Sept. 27, 2013. The Mars orbiter is due to launch on Nov. 17, 2013.

MAVEN Spacecraft Orbiting Mars Artist's Conception

LASP

This artist's conception shows the NASA's MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars. The mission will launch in late 2013.

MAVEN Arrives at Kennedy Space Center for Launch Processing

NASA/Tim Jacobs

A crane lifts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on Aug. 3, 2013, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

MAVEN Science Team Members

Barbara David

MAVEN science team members are raring to get to Mars. From left to right: Jasper Halekas, Bruce Jakosky, Dave Brain, Rob Lillis, Tess McEnulty ( MAVEN science data team), Joe Grebowsky and Janet Luhmann.

Red Planet MAVEN: New Probe to Scan Martian Atmosphere

NASA

Artist's Concept of MAVEN, set to launch in 2013.

MAVEN Profiling of Mars Upper Atmosphere

CU-Boulder/LASP/NASA GSFC

“Deep-dip” campaigns during MAVEN’s mission are slated, maneuvers of the spacecraft that will lower its altitude to enable profiling of Mars’ upper atmosphere. MAVEN was built by Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colo. The project is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

MAVEN Spacecraft Illustration

Lockheed Martin

This is an artist's conception of the MAVEN spacecraft.

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