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NASA's MAVEN mission to study Mars' lost atmosphere

Washington, Nov. 19 : A NASA mission launched into space on Monday is going to investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water.


The agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket's second stage 53 minutes after launch.

The solar arrays deployed approximately one hour after launch and currently power the spacecraft. MAVEN now is embarking on a 10-month interplanetary cruise before arriving at Mars next September.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that MAVEN will join their orbiters and rovers already at Mars to explore yet another facet of the Red Planet and prepare for human missions there by the 2030s.

He said that this mission is part of an integrated and strategic exploration program that is uncovering the mysteries of the solar system and enabling us to reach farther destinations.

MAVEN is traveling to Mars to explore how the Red Planet may have lost its atmosphere over billions of years. By analyzing the planet's upper atmosphere and measuring current rates of atmospheric loss, MAVEN scientists hope to understand how Mars transitioned from a warm, wet planet to the dry desert world we see today.

--ANI (Posted on 19-11-2013)

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