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MAVEN lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was captured in this image from just off Space Launch Complex 41. MAVEN will spend about 10 months in cruise to Mars, where it is scheduled to enter its science mapping orbit on September 22, 2014. (Courtesy ULA)

MAVEN lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was captured in this image from just off Space Launch Complex 41. MAVEN will spend about 10 months in cruise to Mars, where it is scheduled to enter its science mapping orbit on September 21, 2014. (Courtesy ULA)


Throughout the entire mission, the MAVEN team will provide opportunities for the general public, members of the media, educators, and students to get involved in the project in a variety of manners.

By providing print and digital resources, professional development opportunities, community outreach forums, teacher workshops, and social media interactions, the MAVEN team intends to bring the excitement and enthusiasm about Mars, space, and science in general to those who want to join us on the next mission to the Red Planet.

MAVEN successfully launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket at 1:28 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 18.

 
 
 
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MAVEN is en route to Mars, performing as expected, and scheduled for Mars Orbit Insertion on September 21, 2014.