MAVEN: The NASA satellite headed on a 3,728-mile orbit above Mars

November 19, 2013

Correction: A previous version of the headline of this post mistakenly confused the distance to Mars and the distance of the orbit from which it will observe the planet. We regret the error. 

Yesterday, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, or MAVEN, on a year-long $671 million journey to discover how the planet lost its water. Here’s a video on the mission.

Here’s a chart breaking down key facts on MAVEN:

The Economist also has a nice graphic of previous trips to Mars, broken down by country and landing location.

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