14 November 2013
NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Monday, 18 November. The two-hour launch window extends from 1:28 p.m. to 3:28 p.m. EST. Liftoff is set to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. MAVEN, the second mission under NASA's Mars Scout Program, will take measurements of the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change throughout the Red Planet's history. MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. On Thursday, MAVEN will be powered on for the last time before liftoff. (Image Credit: NASA)
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