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NASA's Maven Mission

Society Meeting

Thursday, 10th July 2014 (19:45 - 22:00)

Venue: Meeting Room, Swinton Bottom Club (Formerly Swinton WMC)

Society member Phil Muffett will speak this evening on NASA's Maven mission to Mars.

MAVEN: Answers About Mars' Climate History

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA's Mars Scout program, funded by NASA Headquarters. Launched in Nov. 2013, the mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.


Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatiles from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.  

MAVEN's instrument suite will consist of eight sensors:


Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer

Langmuir Probe and Waves

Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrometer

Solar Wind Electron Analyzer

Solar Wind Ion Analyzer

Solar Energetic Particles

SupraThermal And Thermal Ion Composition

Speaker: Phil Muffett

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