NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) booster has been in circuit around Mars for one Earth year. MAVEN was launched to Mars on Nov. 18, 2013 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and successfully entered Mars’ circuit on Sept. 21, 2014.
“The success of a idea so distant is a approach outcome of a impossibly tough work of everybody who is operative and has worked on MAVEN. This one year at Mars reflects a extensive efforts over a preceding dozen years,” pronounced Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN’s principal questioner from a University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder.
Some of a highlights of a initial action-packed year include:
- Performing a circuit insertion maneuver
- Surviving a confront with Comet Siding Spring
- Commissioning a spacecraft
- Carrying out 10 months of observations during MAVEN’s primary mission
- Carrying out 4 deep-dip campaigns
“The group has finished a illusory pursuit of bettering to booster operations in a Martian environment,” pronounced Richard Burns, MAVEN plan manager during NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “All systems on MAVEN sojourn in glorious operative condition.”
MAVEN began a primary scholarship idea on Nov. 16, 2014, and is a initial booster dedicated to bargain Mars’ tip atmosphere. The idea of a idea is to establish a purpose that detriment of windy gas to space played in changing a Martian meridian by time. MAVEN is study a whole segment from a tip of a tip atmosphere all a approach down to a reduce atmosphere so that a connectors between these regions can be understood.
“We still have dual months to go in a primary mission, and afterwards we start a extended mission,” Jakosky said. “We’re receiving an impossibly abounding information set that is on lane to answer a questions we creatively acted for MAVEN and that will offer a heavenly scholarship village for a prolonged time to come.”
MAVEN’s principal questioner is formed during a University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder. The university supposing dual scholarship instruments and leads scholarship operations, as good as preparation and open outreach, for a mission. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages a MAVEN plan and supposing dual scholarship instruments for a mission. Lockheed Martin built a booster and is obliged for idea operations. The University of California during Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory also supposing 4 scholarship instruments for a mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides navigation and Deep Space Network support, as good as a Electra telecommunications send hardware and operations.