TORONTO – The red planet has yet another visitor.
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft inserted itself into orbit around Mars at 10:24 p.m. ET, ending its 10-month-long journey and beginning its scientific mission to shed light on the history of Mars.
The spacecraft’s mission is to study the Martian atmosphere, helping scientists better understand why Mars went from being a planet capable of sustaining life, to the barren land it is today.
MAVEN’s primary mission will take it from 150 km to 125 km above the planet, enabling it to take measurements of the atmosphere where the upper and lower atmospheres meet.
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