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MAVEN – update

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Artists concept of the MAVEN Spacecraft - Courtesy of Wikipedia

Artists concept of the MAVEN Spacecraft – Courtesy of Wikipedia

Seventy-one days until the MAVEN spacecraft is placed into orbit around Mars. All systems are functioning as planned for the September 21st orbit insertion. Three days later, the MOM orbiter from India is scheduled to be placed into Mars orbit. That will bring the number of spacecraft from Earth occupying Mars to seven. It will be a busy September for Earth’s scientists.

To view previous posts on the MAVEN project, click here.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in MAVEN

 

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4 responses to “MAVEN – update

  1. Matthew Wright

    July 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for the reminder – this is a tremendous expedition, it’ll give a whole different insight into the planet. Good stuff. Fingers crossed that nothing untoward happens to it or any of the other Mars probes when Siding Spring whips past on 19 October. I imagine Mars will field a bit of the outer dust and rubbish from the coma – I’d heard something like a million shooting stars in an hour or some similar figure, estimated. I’m intrigued how that’s fallen off the public news radar generally. I suppose if it isn’t going to hit the planet head on then it isn’t newsworthy outside the specialist community. Sigh…

     
    • Dennis Langley

      July 11, 2014 at 6:53 am

      There are some definite concerns about the effect on the spacecrafts. But, what can you except keep fingers crossed and hope for the best. Looking forward to the October light show!

       
  2. Pete Denton

    August 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I do like reading these updates. The time seems to have flown by from when this was launched.

     
    • Dennis Langley

      August 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      It does seem like yesterday when it took off. What I can’t get my head around is how far it has traveled in that time. the speed that MAVEN is travelling is hard to grasp. As we get closer to her getting placed into orbit, I’ll have a few more updates.

       

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