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Welcome to Mars! MAVEN settles in around the Red Planet
Welcome to Mars! MAVEN settles in around the Red Planet

MAVEN has arrived! After a 10-month journey through space, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft finally entered Martian orbit Sunday night. The satellite slipped into a 35-hour elliptical orbit without a hitch, which the scientists will eventually adjust to a 4.5-hour orbit. “I was on pins and needles and daggers and swords,” said principal investigator Bruce Jakosky, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder. “We have one opportunity to get into orbit — so if we have any problem, that’s the end of the mission.” The NASA mission will test the top of the Red Planet’s thin atmosphere in order to solve an...

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