MAVEN Status Update: January 9, 2014
As of January 9, MAVEN is at a distance of 14,386,805 km (8,939,546 miles) from Earth and the spacecraft continues to operate nominally in early cruise phase. MAVEN currently has an Earth-centered velocity of 2.43 km/s (1.53 miles/s or 5,508 mph) and a Sun-centered velocity of 32.58 km/s (20.27 miles/s or 72,972 mph).
MAVEN has already traveled 145,978,745 km (90,706,813 miles) on its heliocentric transfer path to Mars. We are currently at a distance of 178,442,517 km (110,879,039 miles) from Mars and one-way light-time to the spacecraft is 48 seconds. MAVEN will travel a total of 712,188,796 km (442,532,752 miles) during its 10-month journey.
The figure shown here is a representation of MAVEN’s “Type-II” trajectory, which will carry the spacecraft approximately 229 degrees around the Sun in its interplanetary Hohmann transfer orbit. For more information about MAVEN’s science orbit after arrival at Mars, please see: http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/science/science-orbit/
MAVEN remains on schedule for Mars Orbit Insertion on September 21, 2014.«Return to the Team Blog page