Monday, July 25, 2011

MAVEN Mission Completes Major Milestone

The mission reached a major milestone last week when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR).

MAVEN will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The goal of MAVEN is to determine the history of the loss of atmospheric gases to space through time, providing answers about Mars climate evolution. It will accomplish this by measuring the current rate of escape to space and gathering enough information about the relevant processes to allow extrapolation backward in time. 

So, You Want to Build a Satellite: Part Two (Courtesy NASA/GFSC)

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