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MAVEN launches successfully, set to unravel the mystery of Mars
MAVEN launches successfully, set to unravel the mystery of Mars

[Updated, 10:41 a.m. Nov. 18: Success! The Atlas V rocket, carrying MAVEN on its mission to Mars, lifted off this morning just as the launch window opened.  Social media lighted up as the robotic explorer left the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. This is just the first step in a 10-month journey.] MAVEN is on schedule for its launch to Mars today. The NASA spacecraft will explore how the Red Planet went from wet and "friendly" to dry and dusty. Teams prepping for liftoff had thumbs pointed up Monday as the countdown continued. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution -- MAVEN -- will launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The window for launch is 10:28...

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