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    2013 Mars probe: MAVEN


    Red Planet MAVEN: New Probe to Scan Martian Atmosphere


    A new NASA probe slated to launch in 2013 will take the most detailed look yet at the atmosphere of Mars.

    A team led by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will design, build and operate the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), an orbiter designed to study the upper atmosphere of the red planet and its interactions with the sun.

    The win was billed as the largest research contract ever awarded to LASP, during a Sept. 15 press briefing it held here to detail the selection decision.

    A consortium of groups led by LASP will build the $485 million MAVEN spacecraft and carry out mission operation duties. The team includes the University of California, Berkeley; NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.; NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; and Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colo.
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    Obviously a hoax, since we're suffering an unfortunate demise in 2012...

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    Hey, at least this acronym looks fairly natural!
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    Awesome

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    From spaceflightnow.com

    NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, the centerpiece of a $671 million mission to study the atmosphere of Mars, reached its penultimate stop before liftoff when technicians transported the delicate probe to the Atlas 5 rocket's seaside launch complex Friday.

    The milestone move marks one of the final visible steps ahead of the mission's launch, which is on schedule for Nov. 18 at 1:28 p.m. EST (1828 GMT).

    Technicians began transferring the 2.8-ton spacecraft from its clean room at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at 12:33 a.m. EST aboard a specialized transporter. The road trip across Kennedy Space Center took about two-and-a-half hours, and NASA says MAVEN arrived at the launch pad at 2:59 a.m. EST.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redshifter View Post
    Obviously a hoax, since we're suffering an unfortunate demise in 2012...
    Hilarious in Hindsight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Hey, at least this acronym looks fairly natural!
    They should've shot for Marvin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squink View Post
    They should've shot for Marvin!
    He's already there.

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    Ohhhhh I'll be at work! Dangit, maybe I can take next Monday off or take a half day.

    Anyone want to throw a launch party?
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    From spaceflightnow.com

    1758 GMT (12:58 p.m. EST)
    Just 30 minutes until liftoff time. Today's launch is the third Mars mission to blast off on an Atlas 5 rocket.
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    Sounds like we are go for launch and just waiting to resume the 4 minute count-down
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    Lift-off
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    MECO. Hoped I'd see the trail looking South-Southeast from Boston, but that didn't work out. Still, it's on its way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    MECO. Hoped I'd see the trail looking South-Southeast from Boston, but that didn't work out. Still, it's on its way!
    That would have been very surprising since it launched from Florida. You're probably thinking of tomorrows Air Force launch.

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    D'oy! *slaps forehead*

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    In typical fashion, the stream gets wobbly just as the launch happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom View Post
    In typical fashion, the stream gets wobbly just as the launch happens.
    It's a Timey Wimey sort of thing.
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    MAVEN Spacecraft fine-tunes its Path to Mars, Instrument Tests continue



    http://www.spaceflight101.com/maven-...n-updates.html

    NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has fine-tuned its path to Mars on Wednesday, performing the second Trajectory Correction Maneuver of the mission. Meanwhile, spacecraft testing and checkouts have been continuing as teams closed out the first round of instrument checks without running into any problems.

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    A new task added to Maven's list and also MOM.

    http://www.universetoday.com/111786/...e/#more-111786

    What kind of views might missions like HiRISE and MSL get of the comet remains to be seen, although NEOWISE and Hubble are already monitoring the comet for enhanced activity. The Opportunity rover is also still functioning, and Mars Odyssey and ESA’s Mars Express are still in orbit around the Red Planet and sending back data. But perhaps the most interesting possibilities for observations of the event are still en route: India’s Mars Orbiter Mission and NASA’s MAVEN orbiter arrive just before the comet. MAVEN was designed to study the upper atmosphere of Mars, and carries an ion-neutral mass spectrometer (NGIMS) which could yield information on the interaction of the coma with the Martian upper atmosphere and ionosphere. The NGIMS cover is slated for release just two days before the comet encounter. All spacecraft orbiting Mars may feel the increased drag effects of the encounter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    A new task added to Maven's list and also MOM.
    Please see my response over on the Indian Mars Mission thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    Please see my response over on the Indian Mars Mission thread.
    My response is also in the http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthre...-Mission/page3
    Last edited by selvaarchi; 2014-May-12 at 01:32 PM.

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    More details of one of the instrument aboard Maven. I marvel at how the scientist can think out of the box to create these instruments in the quest to better understand our solar system.

    http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/MAV..._Loss_999.html

    This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission in the hope of understanding how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.

    One instrument aboard the spacecraft will study a special component of the Martian atmosphere to help solve this mystery. By studying ions, or small electrically charged particles, in and above the Red Planet's tenuous atmosphere, the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer will help answer why Mars has gradually lost much of its atmosphere, developing into a frozen, barren planet.

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    Latest update on Maven's progress to Mars.

    http://www.spaceflight101.com/maven-...n-updates.html

    NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft remains on track, cruising through the inner solar system on its way to Mars for the critical Orbital Insertion Maneuver on September 22, 2014. The spacecraft is operating nominally and will conduct its next Trajectory Correction Maneuver on July 23 to set up the proper path for its approach to Mars.

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    With 11 days to go before orbital insertion into Mars orbit - all systems are GO

    http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/NAS..._Mars_999.html

    On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet. The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers).

    Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a "settling" burn that damps out deviations in pointing. Then the six main engines will ignite two by two in quick succession and will burn for 33 minutes to slow the craft, allowing it to be captured in an elliptical orbit.

    This milestone will mark the culmination of 11 years of concept and development for MAVEN, setting the stage for the mission's science phase, which will investigate Mars as no other mission has.

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    Let's go MAVEN!

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    Four days to and all looks good.

    http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/MAV...pt_21_999.html

    Everything continues to go well with MAVEN as it is readied for arrival at Mars on Sunday, September 21st. All spacecraft systems are operating nominally. We had scheduled a final Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM-4) for September 12th.

    However, the maneuver was cancelled because the flight path did not warrant a correction. MAVEN is right on track.

    In the next few days the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) sequence will commence on the spacecraft. Most commands will be performed autonomously (without the need for commanding from Earth).

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    36 hours before insertion time. Good luck NASA/MAVEN. Attached a "final" article on what to expect.

    http://www.americaspace.com/?p=67789#more-67789

    After a trouble free and fantastic 10-month interplanetary voyage of 442 million miles to the Red Planet, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is just two days out from its crucial braking burn scheduled for September 21 and insertion into Martian orbit.

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    The probe is performing its insertion burn now. I'm watching the livecast.

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