MAVEN Maneuvers Into Mars’s Orbit

12:08 minutes

At 10:24 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 21, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft began orbiting the Red Planet. After a 10-month trip, it has arrived just in time to catch a rare glimpse of a comet that will soon pass by Mars. “This is, at minimum, a once in a lifetime event but could be a once in a million year event,” says David Brain, a co-investigator on the MAVEN mission. He discusses how researchers are preparing for this comet close-up and what MAVEN might be able to uncover about the Martian atmosphere.

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David Brain

David Brain is co-investigator of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, and an assistant professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.

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About Becky Fogel

Becky Fogel is a newscast host and producer at Texas Standard, a daily news show broadcast by KUT in Austin, Texas. She was formerly Science Friday’s production assistant.