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What's Mars Solar Conjunction, and Why Does It Matter?

NASA spacecraft at Mars are going to be on their own for a few weeks when the Sun comes between Mars and Earth, interrupting communications. MORE

MAVEN Spacecraft Shrinking its Mars Orbit to Prepare for Mars 2020 Rover

The MAVEN spacecraft today is starting a campaign to tighten its orbit around Mars to prepare to serve as a data-relay satellite for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which launches next year. MORE

MAVEN Selfie Marks Four Years in Orbit at Mars

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft celebrates four years in Mars orbit with a selfie. MORE

Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology

Transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a place astronauts could explore without life support is not possible without technology well beyond today’s capabilities. MORE
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Artist's concept of the MAVEN Orbiter

Mission Facts

Mission Status Currently Operating
Mars Orbit Insertion September 21, 2014
Launched November 18, 2013
Launch Site Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
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