Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for November? MAVEN launches to Mars and Comet ISON should be visible before dawn.
Hello and welcome. I'm Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, will explore the planet's upper atmosphere, ionosphere and their interactions with the sun and solar wind.
A 2013 launch allows mission scientists to collect data on Mars' atmosphere and how it's being lost to space at an active time in the 11-year solar cycle.
NASA (Dec. 20, 2013) In 2013, NASA helped transform access to low Earth orbit even as one of our venerable spacecraft reached the boundaries of the solar system and we moved ahead on technologies that will help us ... watch video
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Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for December. Bright planets, a Comet ISON status report plus wintery starry sights. Hello and welcome. I'm Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion ... watch video
AFP (Nov. 8, 2014) More than a decade after the Rosetta Space Mission was launched, the comet orbiter will attempt to make history by launching a robotic lander called Philae onto a comet on November 12. ... watch video
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