Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN)

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.

MAVEN is scheduled to slide into orbit around the red planet on Sept. 21, 2014, after a 10-month, 442-million mile chase through the inner solar system. 

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars. 

The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color...

The spacecraft for a NASA mission to probe the climate history of Mars led by the University of Colorado Boulder slid seamlessly into orbit at about 8:24 p.m. MDT on Sunday, Sept. 21, the last major hurdle of the 10-month, 442-million-mile...

A NASA mission to Mars led by the University of Colorado Boulder is set to slide into orbit around the red planet this week after a 10-month, 442-million mile chase through the inner solar system. 

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft thundered off the launch pad aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:28 p.m. EST Friday, beginning a 10-month journey to...

Learn why PhD candidate Michael Chaffin chose CU-Boulder and why he thinks the only thing cooler than his job would be running a dinosour rodeo.

 

A $671 million NASA mission to Mars being led by the University of Colorado Boulder is approaching its official countdown toward a planned Nov. 18 launch after a decade of rigorous work by faculty, professionals, staff and students. Known as the...

Learn more about the MAVEN mission from this conversation with the instrument manager for the Remote Sensing Package, Mark Lankton.

Learn more about the MAVEN mission from this conversation with Science Data Center manager Alex DeWolfe.

Learn more about the MAVEN mission from this conversation with the Flight Systems Manager, Guy Beutelschies.

When NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft powers up on the launch pad for its journey to Mars in mid-November, one University of Colorado Boulder student will be especially pleased to see the spacecraft disappear into the heavens over Cape Canaveral, Fla....

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MAVEN arrives in orbit

The spacecraft for a NASA mission to probe the climate history of Mars led by CU-Boulder slid seamlessly into orbit at about 8:24 p.m. MDT on Sunday, Sept. 21, the last major hurdle of the 10-month, 442-million-mile journey.

Watch the launch: CU-Boulder's MAVEN Mission to Mars

Watch the launch on Nov. 18, 2013, as CU-Boulder's MAVEN mission to mars blasts off to study the red planet. Find out what we'll learn about the Martian atmosphere.

MAVEN: Capturing data from Mars

When NASA's MAVEN spacecraft powers up on the launch pad for its journey to Mars in mid-November, one University of Colorado Boulder student will be especially pleased to see the spacecraft disappe

CU-Boulder Research: MAVEN Mission to Mars

A University of Colorado Boulder-led mission to explore and understand how the loss of atmospheric gas has changed the climate of Mars over the eons has been authorized by NASA to proceed to system

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