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2022

NASA’s MAVEN observes Martian light show caused by major solar storm

November 10

For the first time in its eight years orbiting Mars, NASA’s MAVEN mission witnessed two different types of ultraviolet aurorae simultaneously, the result of solar storms that began on Aug. 27. MAVEN – the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission – is the only asset at Mars able to observe the Sun’s activity and the response of the thin Martian atmosphere at the same time.

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MAVEN and EMM make first observations of patchy proton aurora at Mars

August 31

NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) mission and the United Arab Emirates’ Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) have released joint observations of dynamic proton aurora events at Mars. Remote auroral observations by EMM paired with in-situ plasma observations made by MAVEN open new avenues for understanding the Martian atmosphere.

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Resumes Science & Operations, Exits Safe Mode

June 1

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission returned to normal science and relay operations on May 28, 2022, after recovering from an extended safe mode event. The mission team successfully diagnosed the issue and developed a system for the spacecraft to navigate by the stars, which should allow for continued MAVEN mission operations through the next decade. 

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Using MAVEN data, high school students win several awards at local science fairs

May 9

Two Colorado high school students competed in regional and state science and engineering fairs with research they conducted using MAVEN mission data.

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NASA extends MAVEN Mars mission, citing excellence in science and mission operations

April 25

NASA announced that it has extended the MAVEN mission through September 2025. The space agency granted the extension after an independent review panel gave the MAVEN team’s proposal the highest score a mission can receive.

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The MAVEN Team Playlist

February 3
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2021

Celebrating CU’s Bruce Jakosky and his dedication to the MAVEN mission to Mars

December 3, 2021
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MAVEN spots recurring discrete aurora on Mars, likely visible to future astronauts

October 26, 2021
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NASA Mars Mission Begins a New Chapter of Science With a New Leader

September 9, 2021
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2019

MAVEN Uses Red Planet’s Atmosphere to Change Orbit

April 5, 2019
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MAVEN shrinking its orbit to prepare for Mars 2020 rover

February 11, 2019
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2018

MAVEN Selfie Marks Four Years in Orbit at Mars

September 20, 2018
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Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology

July 30, 2018
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MAVEN Finds That “Stolen” Electrons Enable Unusual Aurora on Mars

July 23, 2018
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“Storm Chasers” on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets

July 19, 2018
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NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science

June 14, 2018
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2017

MAVEN Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

December 13, 2017
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MAVEN Finds Mars Has a Twisted Tail

October 19, 2017
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Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface

September 29, 2017
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1,000 Days in Orbit: MAVEN’s Top 10 Discoveries at Mars

June 16, 2017
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MAVEN Discovers Metals in Mars’ Atmosphere

April 10, 2017
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MAVEN Reveals Most of Mars’ Atmosphere Was Lost to Space

March 30, 2017
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MAVEN Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

March 2, 2017
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2016

MAVEN Observes Ups and Downs of Water Escape from Mars

October 19, 2016
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MAVEN Gives Unprecedented Ultraviolet View of Mars

October 17, 2016
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MAVEN Celebrates One Mars Year of Science

October 3, 2016
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MAVEN data used for award-winning NASA Scientific Visualization Studio video

May 13, 2016
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Close Comet Flyby Threw Mars’ Magnetic Field Into Chaos

March 9, 2016
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MAVEN Observes Mars Moon Phobos in the Mid- and Far-Ultraviolet

February 29, 2016
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2015

MAVEN Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere

November 5, 2015
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NASA to Announce New Findings on Fate of Mars’ Atmosphere

November 2, 2015
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MAVEN Celebrates One Year at Mars

September 22, 2015
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VIDEO: Mapping Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

September 2, 2015
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MAVEN Results Find Mars Behaving Like a Rock Star

June 20, 2015
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Mars Missions to Pause Commanding in June, Due to Sun

June 3, 2015
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Auroras on Mars

May 14, 2015
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Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy

May 5, 2015
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MAVEN Completes 1,000 Orbits around Mars

April 8, 2015
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MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

March 18, 2015
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MAVEN Completes First Deep Dip Campaign

February 19, 2015
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2014

MAVEN Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

December 15, 2014
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MAVEN Completes Commissioning And Begins Its Primary Science Mission

November 17, 2014
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Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

November 10, 2014
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Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

November 7, 2014
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NASA to Discuss Science Findings of Oct. 19 Comet Flyby of Mars

November 5, 2014
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MAVEN Continues Mars Exploration Begun 50 Years Ago by Mariner 4

November 4, 2014
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MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

October 23, 2014
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MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

October 20, 2014
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NASA Reports MAVEN Mission’s First Look at Mars

October 14, 2014
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NASA Shares What MAVEN Spacecraft Has Seen in its First Few Weeks at Mars

October 10, 2014
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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

October 9, 2014
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MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

September 24, 2014
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Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars

September 23, 2014
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MAVEN spacecraft enters orbit around Mars

September 22, 2014
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MAVEN Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

September 17, 2014
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MAVEN makes final preparations for Mars

September 8, 2014
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MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss

May 15, 2014
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MAVEN on Track to Carry Out its Science Mission

February 4, 2014
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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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