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Get ready! NASA's MAVEN mission is about to reach Mars
Get ready! NASA's MAVEN mission is about to reach Mars

Home stretch! This Sunday, after a 10-month journey across the inner solar system, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will finally reach the Red Planet. The orbiter could provide the elusive answer to a simple question: If Mars once had enough atmosphere to allow for liquid water on its surface, then where did it all go? The spacecraft is now flying solo until it enters Martian orbit. "MAVEN orbit insertion sequence has been activated on the [spacecraft]," officials tweeted Thursday. "No additional ground intervention is needed." The spacecraft, the first mission to examine the planet’s upper atmosphere, was 218 million kilometers away from Earth on Wednesday and a...

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