Monday will see NASA's next Mars probe
NASA's next mission to Mars set to investigate the Red Planet's air is getting prepared to start on Monday, November 18.
The test will start on an United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The two-hour launch window opens at 1:28 p. m. EST and NASA will air the occasion live.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution shuttle, called Maven for short, is required to examine how the old Red Planet moved from being a warm, wet planet to the frosty desert it is today.
John Grunsfeld, partner director for the science mission directorate at NASA, said, “A maven is a trusted master dependent upon a collection of learning who tries to pass that information onto others. Maven, such as its entomological birthplace, will in fact build the information on which researchers can construct a story of the Mars environment and assistance future human pilgrims who excursion to Mars and the Mars surface.”
It will take in the ballpark of 10 months for Maven to land at Mars. The 5,410-pound, 2,454 kilograms, test will embed itself into a curved circle around the Red Planet in September 2014.
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