Monday, November 18th, marks the first launch window for NASA’s next mission to Mars. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), is NASA’s tenth Mars orbiter to be launched since 1996. MAVEN is the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mar’s upper atmosphere. This mission has three primary objectives:
- Determine the history of the structure and composition of the Martian upper atmosphere.
- The cause and rate that gasses escape the atmosphere to space.
- Use collected data to measure the prognosis of future atmospheric loss.