How did Mars lose its atmosphere? NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, now en route to the Red Planet, aims to find out.
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The MAVEN mission successfully launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 18 at 1:28 p.m. EST. Shortly after liftoff, the 5,400-pound spacecraft deployed its solar arrays and began producing power. Before it can start collecting science data, MAVEN must complete a check-out period. The 10-month journey is expected to bring the spacecraft to its final destination -- Mars' orbit -- on Sept. 22, 2014. At its highest point, MAVEN is expected to be more than 3,728 miles above the surface of Mars to capture ultraviolet images of the entire planet. The combination of measurements and global imaging will offer a better understanding of the upper atmosphere, according to NASA.
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