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MAVEN Status Update: Nov. 20, 2014

November 20, 2014

An artist's rendition shows the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

An artist’s rendition shows the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

MAVEN went into safehold mode on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The spacecraft goes into this state autonomously, when it detects a problem with its operations, to ensure that it stays safe and in contact with Earth. Safehold was triggered by a timing conflict between commands. This is part of learning how to operate the spacecraft in a new environment, as this is the first time the spacecraft has been in its full science-operations scenario. The instruments have all been turned off and are safe, the spacecraft is healthy and in high-data-rate contact with Earth. The spacecraft operations team is currently developing the schedule to return MAVEN to science operations.

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