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Photos: NASA's MAVEN Mission to Mars

Maven Studies Mars Atmosphere

Corby Waste NASA/JPL

Maven is shown studying how Mars loses its atmosphere to space in this artist's illustration.

Maven Gets Visitors

Barbara David/SPACE.com

Well-dressed and entering Maven's haven, are, left to right: SPACE.com's Leonard David; Jeff Coyne, Maven assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) manager at Lockheed Martin; and Gary Napier, communications specialist for Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

Maven in Clean Room

Leonard David/SPACE.com

NASA's next Mars mission, Maven, is being prepared for its mission within Lockheed Martin's high-bay cleanroom at a facility in Littleton, Colo.

NASA's Mars MAVEN Spacecraft Being Assembled

Lockheed Martin

The MAVEN spacecraft's large hydrazine propellant tank is pictured prior to being installed in the core structure of the spacecraft at a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver.

Mars MAVEN Spacecraft Construction

Lockheed Martin

The MAVEN spacecraft's core structure is successfully lowered and attached to the hydrazine propulsion tank and boat tail assembly at Lockheed Martin's facilities in Colorado.

MAVEN Orbiting Mars

NASA/GSFC

Artist's conception of MAVEN Mars orbiter.

Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer

NASA/GSFC

The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) instrument, shown here at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., before its integration onto NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.

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