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

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 LASP-led Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (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 University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder) and LASP
  • 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

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

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