The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission launched successfully on November 18th, 2013 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. After 10 months of travel, the spacecraft is preparing to make its most important maneuver of the mission, when its velocity will be decreased by over 1,200 m/sec in an effort to draw itself into the gravitational pull of the Red Planet.
Join us at LASP, as we celebrate this monumental occasion and watch as the CU-Boulder-led mission enters into orbit around Mars, where it will make unprecedented discoveries about Mars’ upper atmosphere and help solve the planet’s climate mystery. We’ll hear from mission scientists, who will update attendees on spacecraft status and guide us through the orbit insertion process in conjunction with the live NASA TV broadcast.
Admission is free; parking is free in lots surrounding the LASP Space Technology Building, although seating and capacity are limited. Light refreshments will be available.
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