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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.

Metamorphosis of Moon’s Water Ice Explained

06.19.2013
Using data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, scientists have explained how energetic particles penetrating lunar soil can create molecular hydrogen from water ice.

NASA Invites Public to Send Names And Messages to Mars

05.01.2013
Members of the public are invited to enter a haiku contest and to submit their names to be carried aboard the MAVEN spacecraft, which will orbit Mars.

Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated into Spacecraft

04.03.2013
The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer, which will measure the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere, has been integrated into NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.

Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer

03.26.2013
The Goddard-built MAVEN magnetometer will be a sensitive tool investigating what remains of the Red Planet’s magnetic "shield" and interactions with solar wind.

Leaping Lunar Dust

03.15.2013
Scientists with the Dynamic Response of the Environment At the Moon (DREAM) team find that electrically charged dust can bounce back and forth between sunlit areas around a shadowed lunar crater.

Particles and Fields Package Integrated onto MAVEN

03.14.2013
The six-instrument Particles and Fields Package that will characterize the solar wind and ionosphere of Mars has been integrated onto NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. Goddard built the package's magnetometer.

NASA's MAVEN Mission Begins Environmental Testing

02.08.2013
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo.

NASA scientists build first-ever wide-field X-ray imager

02.07.2013
Three NASA scientists teamed up to develop and demonstrate NASA's first wide-field-of-view soft X-ray camera for studying "charge exchange."

Goddard Interns Experience Mars on Earth

11.14.2012
In the Grand Canyon and other Arizona sites, students find the best places to investigate Mars hands-on.
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