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MAVEN spacecraft and Indian orbiter deliver first images of Mars
MAVEN spacecraft and Indian orbiter deliver first images of Mars

Quick work! Just eight hours after entering Martian orbit Sunday, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft sent data back to Earth that scientists quickly translated into the mission’s first images. Rendered in primary colors, the ultraviolet snapshots show three different aspects of the Red Planet’s atmosphere -- and give a first taste of the data to come. Scientists with the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission hadn’t officially planned on receiving significant images so quickly as the spacecraft  settled into its weeks-long commissioning phase, adjusting its orbit and readying its instruments. But it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, said lead...

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