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  • MAVEN goes for a dip

    Joe LatrellFebruary 21st, 2015

    NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiter is the first spacecraft dedicated to studying the tenuous Martian atmosphere. The spacecraft recently completed the first of five planned dips into the lowest section of the upper Martian atmosphere, taking samples and relaying them back home to NASA.

  • NASA’s fleet of Mars orbiters capture detailed views of comet nucleus

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 24th, 2014

    NASA’s fleet of Martian orbiters were poised at the ready, turning their cameras to the skies in hopes of catching a glimpse of comet Siding Spring on Oct. 19. In this historic flyby, Siding Spring made the closest pass of any known comet to the Red Planet. Scientists took advantage of this opportunity and collected […]

  • MAVEN provides unprecendented views of Martian upper atmosphere

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 15th, 2014

    NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN ) spacecraft arrived at Mars and inserted itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sept. 22, 2014 at 22:24 p.m. EDT ( 0224 GMT). In that short time, the spacecraft has beamed back unprecedented views of the Martian upper atmosphere. MAVEN’s science instruments have been fully calibrated […]

  • MAVEN returns first observation of Martian upper atmosphere

    SpaceFlight InsiderSeptember 24th, 2014

    NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN ) spacecraft has beamed back its first observations of the red planet’s extended upper atmosphere. The spacecraft returned these findings within 24 hours of arriving in orbit above the Red Planet. The Martian satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) atop a […]

  • MAVEN enters Martian orbit

    SpaceFlight InsiderSeptember 22nd, 2014

    As of 10:24 p.m. EDT (0224 GMT) on September 21, the Martian neighborhood received its newest “inhabitant”. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is now officially in orbit around the red planet. In the coming weeks, MAVEN will prepare its systems to start taking science measurements in an effort to study Mars’ upper […]

  • MAVEN preps for orbital insertion

    SpaceFlight InsiderSeptember 17th, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A press conference was held at NASA headquarters today to discuss the status of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft as it prepares to enter Mars’ orbit. After completing a 10-month journey and traversing over 442 million miles, the craft is set for orbital insertion on September 21 at 9:50 […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: celebrating an independent Spirit

    Heather SmithJune 10th, 2014

    On this day in 2003, Spirit, the first of NASA’s two Mars Exploration Rovers was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 17 in Florida aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. The rovers were built to understand if Mars was or can be a habitable world. The scientific goals of Spirit and Opportunity […]

  • Spaceflight in 2013: A Year in Review

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 31st, 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, it is a fitting time to look back and reflect on what has been an eventful year in spaceflight.

  • Poetry in motion: Launch imagery of ULA Atlas V with NASA’s MAVEN

    Jason RhianNovember 22nd, 2013

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla  — It’s always harrowing when you do something for the first time. Representatives of The SpaceFlight Group’s news arm, SpaceFlight Insider, found that out during the launch of a ULA Atlas V 401 rocket on Nov. 18, 2013 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At the time of launch, SFI […]

  • ‘We’re going to Mars!’ MAVEN lead proclaims as ULA Atlas V thunders off the pad

    Jason RhianNovember 18th, 2013

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – “We’re going to Mars!” Those excited words were how the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutionN (MAVEN) spacecraft summed up today’s events. United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully sent the MAVEN spacecraft out of Earth’s gravity well and on its way to the Red Planet at 1:28 p.m. EST […]

  • As clouds roll in, Atlas V with MAVEN rolled out to launch pad

    Jason RhianNovember 16th, 2013

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The Atlas V 401 rocket which will ferry NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft out of Earth’s gravity well  -was ferried out to the pad at 9:57 a.m. EST. The move took place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the Vertical Integration Facility to the adjacent Space Launch […]

  • NASA centers host public viewing events for launch of MAVEN mission

    Jason RhianNovember 15th, 2013

    Several of NASA’s centers will be working to guide the public’s eyes to the Red Planet on Monday. Five of the space agency’s centers will host a variety of events in honor of the launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. Liftoff is currently set to take place Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at […]

  • MAVEN poised to redefine understanding of Martian atmosphere

    Jason RhianNovember 15th, 2013

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft’s days on Earth – are (very) numbered. That is if NASA and United Launch Alliance have anything to say about it. The $187 million probe is set to launch on Nov. 18 at 1:28 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space […]

  • LeVar Burton shares MAVEN’s story in a new NASA PSA

    NASANovember 14th, 2013

    httpv://youtu.be/ijAO0FFExx0 Video courtesy of NASA As NASA prepares for next week’s launch of the agency’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), actor LeVar Burton shares the excitement of the mission in a new NASA public service announcement (PSA).

  • Want to see MAVEN launch? Here are the best viewing spots on Florida’s Space Coast

    Jason RhianNovember 14th, 2013

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is getting ready to launch one of the company’s venerable Atlas V launch vehicles. This one? It will be ferrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft on its way to the Red Planet. Atlas will fly in the 401 configuration (that’s rocket scientist for a […]