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MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

09.24.2014
MAVEN’s first observations of the extended upper atmosphere around Mars have come in, revealing hydrogen, oxygen and reflected sunlight, as well as a composite view from 36,500 kilometers.

NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Enters Orbit

09.21.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as no mission has done before.

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

09.17.2014
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit. The mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT.

Investigating the Martian Atmosphere (video)

09.17.2014
MAVEN will be the first spacecraft devoted to studying the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, in an effort to understand how the Martian climate has changed over time.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars

09.08.2014
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.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

08.21.2014
Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.

New NASA Model Reveals the Invisible World of Electric Asteroids

06.25.2014
Computer modeling funded by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute can predict and visualize interactions between the solar wind, solar radiation, and the surface of asteroids.

Goddard to Explore Mars’ Atmosphere with MAVEN

06.25.2014
Goddard Space Flight Center contributes in many ways to NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which will investigate how and why the Red Planet has been losing its atmosphere.

MAVEN Ion Analyzer to Look at Key Player in Atmosphere Loss

05.14.2014
Once the MAVEN spacecraft reaches Mars, the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer will measure ions in the solar wind to help figure out how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.

MAVEN on Track to Carry out Science Mission

02.04.2014
The MAVEN spacecraft and all of its science instruments have completed their initial checkout, and all are working as expected.

Onboard Camera Captures Juno's Approach to Earth

12.10.2013
When NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth early in October 2013, recording a first-of-a-kind movie of the approach was a special assignment for an onboard camera system known as a star tracker.

NASA Highlights Mars, Ozone Hole, and the Sun at American Geophysical Union

12.06.2013
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

NASA Goddard Joins New Virtual Research Institute

12.02.2013
Goddard researchers will lead one of the nine teams selected for NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and participate in four others.

MAVEN mission to Mars lifts off

11.18.2013
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:28 p.m. on Nov. 18 and began its 10-month journey to the Red Planet.

NASA Readies Mars-Bound MAVEN for Launch

11.15.2013
A Launch Readiness Review on the morning of Nov. 15 gave MAVEN the "go" for launch at 1:28 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.

Mars Atmosphere Loss: Neutral Processes

11.14.2013
Mars scientists think that the collision of neutral hydrogen molecules may have helped to drive the Red Planet's atmosphere into space over billions of years. (Video)

Mars Atmosphere Loss: Plasma Processes

11.13.2013
The Sun is a potential culprit in the loss of Mars's early atmosphere. When high-energy solar photons strike the upper Martian atmosphere, they can ionize gas molecules, eroding the atmosphere. (Video

Mars Evolution

11.13.2013
A new high-definition animation from NASA’s MAVEN mission shows what the surface of Mars might have looked like as it shifted from a warm, wet planet to the frigid, barren one we know today.

MAVEN: NASA's Next Mission to Mars

11.12.2013
Ancient riverbeds, crater lakes and flood channels all attest to Mars's warm, watery past. NASA's MAVEN mission will explore how Mars lost its early atmosphere and became a frozen desert. (Video)

Mars Atmospheric Loss: Sputtering

11.12.2013
Exactly how did Mars lose its early atmosphere? One possibility is through sputtering, in which atoms are knocked away from the atmosphere due to impacts with energetic particles. (Video)

What MAVEN Will See When the Sun Acts Up

10.31.2013
The coronal mass ejections emitted by the sun this week leading are exactly the kinds of events that NASA's MAVEN mission is designed to observe.

NASA Prepares to Launch First Mission to Explore Martian Atmosphere

10.29.2013
The MAVEN spacecraft, designed to examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail, is undergoing final preparations for launch, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18.

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

08.07.2013
What if we got to land on Europa's surface and conduct something along the lines of a more in-depth interview? Some NASA scientists lay out their consensus in the journal Astrobiology.

NASA Begins Launch Preparations for Next Mars Mission

08.05.2013
The MAVEN spacecraft is undergoing detailed testing and fueling at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, prior to being moved to its launch pad. The mission's 20-day launch period opens Nov. 18.

Science Outreach Reaches In

07.23.2013
Some 60 scientists, researchers, interns and outreach personnel manned stations for the annual Science Jamboree at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on July 16.
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