The next Mars mission under development for NASA is the Mars
Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN), to be launched in 2013. MAVEN will explore the upper atmosphere of Mars in detail for the first time. MAVEN will help scientists determine the rate of escape of gases from the upper atmosphere to space today and extrapolate backward in time to determine the total loss to space throughout Martian history. MAVEN will help answer the question: What role has atmospheric escape played in the history of Mars’ climate? The answer will provide us with a history of liquid water on Mars, and ultimately, potential planetary habitability over time. Dr. Jakosky will discuss the scientific drivers behind the mission and the details of the technical implementation. Launch is scheduled for Nov. 18, 2013; detailed planning and design is just beginning.
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