NASA's MAVEN Mission

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN

MAVEN will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The mission's goal is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time.

MAVEN is scheduled to launch on November 18, 2013 aboard Atlas V.

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Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN)
Artist's concept showing the MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/Goddard