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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Oct. 20, 2014 NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars Oct. 19 and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's ... read more
Sep. 18, 2014 NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million ... read more
Apr. 3, 2013 An instrument that will measure the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere has been integrated to NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. MAVEN has a scheduled ... read more
Mar. 14, 2013 The six science instruments that comprise the Particles and Fields Package that will characterize the solar wind and ionosphere of Mars have been integrated aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and ... read more