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NASA Shares What MAVEN Spacecraft Has Seen in its First Few Weeks at Mars

October 10, 2014
MAVEN artist concept

This image shows an artist concept of the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 14, to announce early science results from the MAVEN mission.

Launched in November 2013, the spacecraft entered orbit around Mars on Sept. 21 completing an interplanetary journey of 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change over the Red Planet’s history.

The teleconference participants are:

  • Elsayed Talaat, MAVEN program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder)
  • Mike Chaffin, Remote Sensing Team member at CU-Boulder
  • Justin Deighan, Remote Sensing Team member at CU-Boulder
  • Davin Larson, Solar Energetic Particles instrument lead at the University of California, Berkeley

For dial-in information, media should email their name, affiliation and telephone number to Dwayne Brown at

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:

Visuals will be posted at the start of the event at:

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