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Atlas V Launch of the Mars Orbiter MAVEN

Topic: Launches

Date: November 18, 2013

Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, US,

Launch Time: TBA

Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V will launch NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) to Mars.

The goal of MAVEN is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. Where did the atmosphere - and the water - go?

MAVEN will determine how much of the Martian atmosphere has been lost over time by measuring the current rate of escape to space and gathering enough information about the relevant processes to allow extrapolation backward in time.

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