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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! In just four days, 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, the first mission to examine the planet’s upper atmosphere, is currently 218 million kilometers away from Earth and a mere 1.2 million kilometers from Mars. And as it zooms through space at a speed of 81,000 kilometers per hour, it’s closing fast on its target. “We’re really excited about the science we’re going to...

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