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MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

October 20

NASA’s newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew nearby today and is studying the flyby’s effects on Mars’ atmosphere.

The MAVEN spacecraft—full name Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution—reported back to Earth in good health after about three hours of precautions against a possible collision with high-velocity dust particles released by comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring.

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NASA Reports MAVEN Mission’s First Look at Mars

October 14

The MAVEN spacecraft observed a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, made unprecedented images of the tenuous oxygen and hydrogen coronas surrounding the Red Planet, and produced the most comprehensive all-at-once map of Martian atmospheric ozone ever made. The spacecraft entered Mars’ orbit Sunday, Sept. 21, and is in the process of lowering its orbit and testing its instruments. MAVEN was launched toward Mars on November 18, 2013, to help solve the mystery of how the Red Planet lost most of its atmosphere.

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

October 10

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.

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

October 9

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet—less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth.

Siding Spring’s nucleus will come closest to Mars around 2:27 p.m. EDT, hurtling at about 126,000 mph (56 kilometers per second). This proximity will provide an unprecedented opportunity for researchers to gather data on both the comet and its effect on the Martian atmosphere.

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MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

September 24

The MAVEN spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color images eight hours after the successful completion of Mars orbit insertion. The image shows the planet from an altitude of 36,500 km in three ultraviolet wavelength bands.

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Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars

September 23
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MAVEN spacecraft enters orbit around Mars

September 22
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MAVEN Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

September 17
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MAVEN makes final preparations for Mars

September 8
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MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss

May 15
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MAVEN on Track to Carry Out its Science Mission

February 4
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2013

Goddard Planetary Instruments Score a Hat Trick

December 6, 2013
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Mission Managers Hail Successful MAVEN Launch

November 19, 2013
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NASA Launches MAVEN to Study Upper Atmosphere of Mars

November 19, 2013
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Mission Manager a Modern Mr. Fix-it

November 16, 2013
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LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN’s Story in a New NASA PSA

November 14, 2013
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MAVEN Seeks to Solve Another Mars Riddle

November 14, 2013
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NASA Video Illustrates MAVEN Mission’s Investigation of a Lost Mars

November 13, 2013
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MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels

November 12, 2013
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MAVEN Launch Day Coverage

November 9, 2013
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What MAVEN Would See at Mars on Halloween

October 31, 2013
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NASA Prepares to Launch First Mission to Explore Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

October 28, 2013
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Communications Tests Go the Distance for MAVEN

September 20, 2013
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MAVEN Paces Through Prelaunch Prep

September 6, 2013
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MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preparations Begin

August 9, 2013
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MAVEN haiku selected for travel to Mars

August 8, 2013
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NASA Begins Launch Preparations for Next Mars Mission

August 5, 2013
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MAVEN Spectrometer Opens Window to Red Planet’s Past

July 18, 2013
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Public voting opens on MAVEN haiku contest

July 15, 2013
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MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph May Help Paint Total Atmospheric Picture

June 17, 2013
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MAVEN Student Art Contest Winner Announced

May 20, 2013
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NASA Invites Public to Send Names And Messages to Mars

May 1, 2013
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Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated to Spacecraft

April 3, 2013
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Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer

March 26, 2013
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MAVEN invites the public to come aboard

March 15, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE: MAVEN Particles and Fields Package Integrated

March 14, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE: MAVEN Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing

February 8, 2013
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2012

MAVEN Science Community Workshop – Presentations

December 10, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: Instrument Delivered for NASA’s Upcoming Mars Mission

November 16, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: Next Mars Mission Enters Final Phase Before Launch

September 11, 2012
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MAVEN Profiles: Carlos Gomez-Rosa

May 30, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: NASA Goddard Delivers MAVEN Magnetometers

May 21, 2012
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MAVEN Profiles: Sandra Cauffman

April 26, 2012
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PHOTO RELEASE: NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft and Propellant Tank at Lockheed Martin

April 16, 2012
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A stressful test

February 27, 2012
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2011

MAVEN team members bring mission science to rural West Virginia students

December 12, 2011
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New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile

November 18, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE: MAVEN Mission Primary Structure Complete

September 26, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE: LASP-led mission to Mars achieves major milestone

July 22, 2011
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2010

PRESS RELEASE: NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for MAVEN Mission

October 21, 2010
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PRESS RELEASE: NASA gives LASP-led Mars mission green light

October 5, 2010
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MAVEN mission to investigate how sun steals Martian atmosphere

October 5, 2010
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2008

NASA selects CU-Boulder to lead $485 million Mars mission

September 15, 2008
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NASA selects MAVEN mission to study Mars atmosphere

September 15, 2008
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