CU-Boulder faculty and students are playing a key role in the $670 million Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN). MAVEN will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.
An artist’s rendition of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars. Illustration courtesy NASA
The MAVEN spacecraft undergoing testing at Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., which built and will control the spacecraft. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin
The Atlas V rocket built by United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colo., undergoes testing prior to MAVEN launch. Image courtesy NASA
MAVEN’s Remote Sensing package built by CU-Boulder will characterize the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars. Image courtesy University of Colorado
The MAVEN spacecraft undergoes final testing at Cape Canaveral, Fla., prior to launch. Image courtesy NASA
The MAVEN payload fairing prior to being mounted atop the Atlas V rocket.
The solar panels that will unfurl once MAVEN achieves Mars orbit being tested at Lockheed Martin prior to shipping the spacecraft to Florida. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is slated to orbit Mars for at least one Earth year, gathering data on the upper atmosphere of the planet. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin
The MAVEN spacecraft is carrying eight instruments packages, including the Remote Sensing Package developed primarily by LASP. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin
An illustration of the MAVEN spacecraft at Mars. Illustration courtesy NASA