MAVEN – One who understands.
If you have been following this blog you know that I have a connection to the MAVEN mission to Mars. I have been trying to provide background and updates on the project in preparation for the launch window which opens next Monday, Nov. 18. Shortly after my last post, I received and e-mail from the project team with photos from the Complex 41 Vertical Integration Building. Don’t you just love these scientific terms? What in means is they were putting a spacecraft together. So here are some pics showing MAVEN being lifted to the top of the Atlas V 304 launch vehicle. All pictures are used with permission and are courtesy of NASA and the Lockheed Martin, MAVEN project team.
That’s the Atlas V launch vehicle already in the building. Note the people standing next to the truck. This is not a small vehicle.
Here’s a better view of the Atlas V launch vehicle in the background.
Now that is a
Looooooong way down!
This is where MAVEN will stay until it’s time to move to the launch pad.
Launch time is scheduled for 11/18/13 1:28 EST.
T minus 91 hours!