NASA’s Next Mission to Mars


NASA hosted a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 28, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency’s next mission to Mars and the first devoted to understanding the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet.
MAVEN is scheduled to launch at 1:28 p.m. EST Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MAVEN’s data will be used to study the history and change of Mars’ atmosphere, climate, and planetary habitability.

Briefing participants were:
– John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, Headquarters
– Lisa May, MAVEN program executive, Headquarters
– Kelly Fast, MAVEN program scientist, Headquarters
– Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator, University of Colorado Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
– David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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  1. If you mean the launch, I'm pretty sure they will broadcast it live on NASA TV, which is available on their website or U-Stream (which is where i normally watch it).

  2. Agreed. Mars looks like it did have water in the past and I love watching these missions to explore it. I hope some day we can send missions to Europa because I heard it has an ocean under its ice.

  3. i think if they plan on populating mars its a very bad idea, even the idea of terrorforming mars is not a good idea and has 100% chance if failing.seeing if there are past connections between us and the people that once lived there. ok thats a cool idea but we need to put more effort into getting to another planet that we can populate this planet is pretty burnt out and stands a large possibility of becoming the next mars if you get my drift.

  4. You can purchase tickets for Kennedy Space Center. They include prime viewing for all rocket launches out of Cape Kennedy. The link is rather long so I will send you another message shortly. The best thing is, you buy one ticket and you get to watch any rocket launches, you get access to the Astronaut Hall of Fame, you can see OV-Atlantis, and many other exhibits and attractions at Kennedy Space Center!

  5. I think a mission to MARS now would be a lot better than 2030 or what ever future date they want to push it to! Also NASA quit spending money on strange missions just get to the planets create a place to live and you can use that to build wealth to expand your operations instead of wasting time! THANK YOU

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