MAVEN "Nails It," Swinging Into Mars Orbit With Style

The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That's a fantastically short correction to end a 711 million kilometer, 10-month journey, and a perfect kickoff to its mission investigating the structure and evolution of the planet's… » 9/22/14 11:37am Yesterday 11:37am

NASA's Next Mars Mission Launches Today – Watch it Here Live!

NASA's newest Martian explorer – the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft – is finally ready for lift-off. Currently poised atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Mars-bound orbiter is slated to launch this afternoon at 1:28 pm ET. Live coverage of the launch begins right now! » 11/18/13 8:00am 11/18/13 8:00am

NASA to Launch Next Mars Mission November 18th

Earlier this month, the government shutdown threatened to postpone the launch of NASA's Mars MAVEN spacecraft until 2016, at the expense of tens of millions of dollars to the Agency's already cash-strapped Planetary Science Division. Now, NASA says the orbiter is prepared to lift off on its originally scheduled launch… » 10/29/13 1:20pm 10/29/13 1:20pm

NASA’s 2020 Plan for Mars Makes the Old New Again

The Curiosity rover is just four months into its primary two-year mission on Mars, and already NASA is planning sequels. The Agency announced yesterday plans for a series of Martian missions that will culminate in 2020 with the launch of a new robotic science rover based largely on Curiosity's design. » 12/05/12 1:40pm 12/05/12 1:40pm

MAVEN Will Uncover the Secrets of Mars' Ancient Past

In the distant past, both Earth and Mars were covered in thick atmospheres and held large bodies of water. While Earth has become a cradle of life in our solar system, Mars lost its atmosphere and became a barren, desert world. No one knows why. NASA's 2013 MAVEN mission will offer scientists many clues as they try to… » 9/17/08 2:00pm 9/17/08 2:00pm