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MAVEN Launch Photos: NASA Mars Orbiter Launches Toward Red Planet

MAVEN Spacecraft Launches on Nov. 18, 2013

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft launched Nov. 18, 2013, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning its 10-month journey to the Red Planet.

MAVEN Spacecraft Launches on Nov. 18, 2013 #2

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft launched Nov. 18, 2013, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning its 10-month journey to the Red Planet.

MAVEN Spacecraft Clears the Towers

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft launched Nov. 18, 2013, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning its 10-month journey to the Red Planet.

MAVEN Spacecraft Vents Gases

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The Atlas V rocket launching MAVEN spacecraft to Mars from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida vents liquid hydrogen shortly before scheduled launch on Nov. 18, 2013.

Waterfowl Near MAVEN Launch Site

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Waterfowl in the foreground fly in front of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, awaiting launch on Nov. 18, 2013.

MAVEN Awaits Launch

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MAVEN spacecraft, encapsulated inside the payload fairing, stands atop its launch vehicle with less than 2 hours to planned liftoff on Nov. 18, 2013.

MAVEN on Launch Pad, Nov. 17, 2013

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The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard is seen at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, MAVEN is the first mission devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

Atlas 5 Rocket and MAVEN on Launch Pad

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The Atlas 5 rocket set to carry MAVEN into space standing on its launch pad. Photo released Nov. 16, 2013.

NASA MAVEN Probe at Launch Pad

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket stands poised to launch NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft toward Mars from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after being rolled out to the launch pad on Nov. 16, 2013. Liftoff is set for Nov. 18.

Atlas 5 Rocket and MAVEN on Launch Pad

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, inside a payload fairing, is hoisted to the top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41. The Atlas V will lift MAVEN into space and on to Mars. MAVEN is short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution.

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