MAVEN inches close to Martian Orbit
September 21 : NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, MAVEN,spacecraft will arrive in orbiting around Mars and will be embarking on a one-earth-year long mission to collect data from the planet’s upper atmosphere. MAVEN which was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the 18th of november, 2013, and over the last 10 months it has covered a journey of 442 million miles. This is the very first spacecraft to be dedicated to the study and measurement of Mars’ upper atmosphere.
MAVEN is equipped with a telecommunications package which allows it to relay data from the Curiosity and Opportunity Rovers that is currently exploring the planet’s surface, It is one of several efforts which NASA has undertaken to prepare for potential human exploration of Mars.