NASA MAVEN Mission Enters Mars Orbit (Video)
After 10 months journey covering 442 million miles, NASA’s MAVEN mission has started its entry into the Martian orbit. The MAVEN spacecraft will try to find out where the water from the red planet disappeared.
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (Maven) mission fired six small thruster engines which will help the spacecraft slow down. The spacecraft has to reduce its speed to enter an elliptical orbit. The final operational orbit for the MAVEN spacecraft will be 93 miles at closest point and 3,853 miles at the farthest point. The thruster engines will run for 33 minutes and spacecraft will reach the optimum speed to enter the orbit.
MAVEN spacecraft will analyze the atmosphere of the red planet for more than 12 months and will send back data to NASA team. The video streamed by NASA on USTREAM has been watched by more than 2.2 million people at the time of filing of this report.
“The Maven science mission focuses on answering questions about where did the water that was present on early Mars go, about where did the carbon dioxide go,” said Bruce Jakosky, Maven principal investigator from the University of Colorado, Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
MAVEN mission was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 18 last year. After remaining in the current orbit and checking the proper functionality of the spacecraft, NASA team will maneuver the spacecraft to the operational orbit.
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