NASA to Launch New Mars Mission

by Karl Utermohlen | November 18, 2013 1:36 pm

NASA to Launch New Mars Mission

Mars 300x199 NASA to Launch New Mars Mission[1]Many believe that water existed in Mars once upon a time which made the planet hospitable to microbial life over 3.5 billion years ago.

NASA is launching the Maven mission[2] to our red neighbors in order to figure out what happened to the water that used to flow on Mars. The planet is now cold and has a desert-like environment and NASA is sending the Maven spacecraft to orbit the planet to examine whether the water was absorbed by the planet’s crust or released through the atmosphere.

It will take 10 months for the ship to reach Mars’ orbit and scientists will observe the planet for at least one year beyond that. Maven stands for ‘Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN’ and it will focus on the Red Planet’s loss of atmosphere and climate change over the years.

More Space News

-NASA Considers Farming on Mars[3]

-NASA Gets Set to Send First 3D Printer to Space[4]

-NBC Signs Deal to Broadcast Virgin Galactic Space Flight[5]

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mars.jpg
  2. NASA is launching the Maven mission: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/17/mars-orbiter-maven-launches-monday/3622895/#
  3. NASA Considers Farming on Mars: http://investorplace.com/2013/05/nasa-considers-farming-on-mars/#.UopcR-JGbqI
  4. NASA Gets Set to Send First 3D Printer to Space: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/nasa-gets-set-to-send-first-3d-printer-to-space/#.UopcdOJGbqI
  5. NBC Signs Deal to Broadcast Virgin Galactic Space Flight: http://investorplace.com/2013/11/nbc-signs-deal-broadcast-virgin-galactic-space-flight/#.UopcYOJGbqI

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