NASA’s MAVEN Mars Probe Roars Into Orbit

NASA's MAVEN Mars Probe Roars Into Orbitfrom Scientists and engineers at the agency and Lockheed Martin have spent the last five years building the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN), a 2.5-ton orbital platform that will probe what remains of the Red Planet’s atmosphere to work out how Mars lived, and how we can live on it – as well as carry a small haiku payloadNASA’s Mars probe MAVEN has successfully sneaked through its weather window and launched from Cape Canaveral at 13.28pm ET on Monday, before heavy weather could roll in and delay the launch.

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