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MAVEN and UAE's Hope mission will provide very powerful combination of Mars science measurements

In an interview with +Forbes, ‪#‎MAVEN‬ principal investigator and Hope mission co-investigator, Bruce Jakosky, offered some insight into how the two missions will complement each other:

“The UAE Space Agency has been very consistent in that they don’t want to do a technology demonstration mission,” said Jakosky. “They want to contribute substantively to the world’s exploration and understanding of Mars.”

“The Hope science measurements will make a valuable contribution by themselves,” he added. “And if MAVEN is still operating when ‪#‎Hope‬ gets there, the combination will be very powerful.”

Read the full article, here: http://onforb.es/1K8dYZd

Image caption: Sarah Amiri, deputy project manager of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mars Mission, speaks during a ceremony to unveil the mission on May 6, 2015 in Dubai. The Hope mission aims to provide a global picture of the Martian atmosphere. 

(Image credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
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MAVEN principal investigator, Bruce Jakosky, gave a public talk on April 22, 2015. Watch "Early results from the MAVEN mission to Mars" on our YouTube channel, now.
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MAVEN Science Communication Workshop—June 19 - 21 in Berkeley, CA

Are you a science communicator who wants to learn more about early ‪#‎MAVEN‬ results and the evolution of the ‪#‎Martian‬ climate?

Then consider applying to attend the 2015 MAVEN New Media Practitioners Professional Development workshop at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory from June 19 - 21.

The 2015 workshop will offer a collaborative professional development opportunity for attendees to learn about current issues surrounding the evolution of the Martian climate. An emphasis will be placed on the latest data and discoveries returned from the MAVEN spacecraft, as told through lectures and interaction with MAVEN scientists and experts.

For additional details and to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/NMPD2015
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Finding Mars' Ancient Ocean

For decades, planetary scientists have suspected that ancient ‪#‎Mars‬ was a much warmer, wetter environment than it is today, but estimates of just how much water Mars has lost since its formation vary widely. Now, new isotopic measurements by researchers at +NASA Goddard reveal that an ocean once covered approximately twenty percent of the #Martian surface.

This new picture of early Mars is considerably wetter than many previous estimates, raising the odds for the ancient habitability of the Red Planet.

‪#‎MAVEN‬ is collecting data from Mars' upper atmosphere, which, for the first time ever, will reveal how these escape processes work today and have evolved over the history of the Red Planet.

Read the related +NASA feature, here: http://1.usa.gov/1Kteimw
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On October 23, 2014, Sandra Cauffman was invited to talk at the TEDx PuraVidaJoven at the National Auditorium in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she was born. Her story is how a Costa Rican girl from a poor family nurtured an improbable dream about space travel, and despite the obstacles, made that dream come true.

Sandra's determination and perseverance fueled her ability to achieve what many people thought she should not even consider.
Sandra is currently the GOES-R Deputy System Program Director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She previously served as Deputy Project Manager for ‪#‎MAVEN‬.

A four-time recipient of the NASA Acquisition Improvement Award, Sandra has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the NASA Exceptional Leadership Medal. She is a Senior Fellow on the Council for Excellence in Government. Sandra received a B.S. in Physics, a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, all from George Mason University.

(Video credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
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MAVEN instruments all collecting data as expected during deep-dip

The initial MAVEN deep-dip campaign continues to go well, as the NASA ‪#‎Mars‬ orbiter maintains its targeted atmospheric density corridor between 2.0 - 3.5 kg/km³.

All of the MAVEN science instruments have been in "deep-dip" mode since a series of three successful walk-down maneuvers delivered the spacecraft into the target corridor.

All instruments are performing nominally and collecting data as expected.

For more information about the ‪#‎MAVEN‬ instrument suite, visit: http://bit.ly/MVNIUVS

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MAVEN Science Communication Workshop—June 19 - 21 in Berkeley, CA

Application deadline: May 11, 2015

Are you a science communicator (blogger, podcaster, social media practitioner) who wants to learn more about early ‪#‎MAVEN‬ results and the evolution of the ‪#‎Martian‬ climate? Then consider applying to attend the 2015 MAVEN New Media Practitioners Professional Development workshop at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory from June 19 - 21. There are just a few spots remaining, so apply today!

The 2015 workshop will offer a collaborative professional development opportunity for attendees to learn about current issues surrounding the evolution of the Martian climate, with an emphasis on the latest data and discoveries returned from the MAVEN spacecraft, as told through lectures and interaction with MAVEN scientists and experts.

Expenses for participant travel, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed.

For additional details and to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/NMPD2015
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Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy

NASA has beefed up a process of traffic monitoring, communication and maneuver planning to ensure that ‪#‎Mars‬ orbiters do not approach each other too closely.

Last year’s addition of two new spacecraft orbiting Mars brought the census of active Mars orbiters to five, the most ever. MAVEN and ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission joined the 2003 Mars Express from the +European Space Agency, ESA and two from NASA: the 2001 Mars Odyssey and the 2006 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The newly enhanced collision-avoidance process also tracks the approximate location of NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor, a 1997 orbiter that is no longer working.

It’s not just the total number that matters, but also the types of orbits missions use for achieving their science goals. ‪#‎MAVEN‬, which reached Mars on Sept. 21, 2014, studies the upper atmosphere. It flies an elongated orbit, sometimes farther from Mars than NASA’s other orbiters and sometimes closer to Mars, so it crosses altitudes occupied by those orbiters. For safety, NASA also monitors positions of ESA’s and India’s orbiters, which both fly elongated orbits.

Read the full feature, here: http://bit.ly/1KdgKZX

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MAVEN completes 1,000 Orbits around Mars

MAVEN completed 1,000 orbits around the Red Planet on April 6, four-and-a-half months into its one-year primary mission.

MAVEN is in its science-mapping orbit and has been taking data since the start of its primary mission on Nov. 16, 2014. The furthest point (apoapsis) in the spacecraft’s elliptical orbit has been 6,500 kilometers (4,039 miles) and the closest (periapsis) 130 kilometers (81 miles) above the #Martian surface.

Read the full release, here: http://bit.ly/1CgfDUC

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MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

The ‪#‎MAVEN‬ spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the ‪#‎Martian‬ atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Read the full story, here: http://bit.ly/1BPXLSm
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New images of Phobos and Valles Marineris from the Mars Orbiter Mission

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission has posted a few new images to its newly designed website (http://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c25-mars-orbiter-mission).

Highlights from the collection are images of Mars' moon, Phobos, silhouetted against the surface with a nice perspective on Mars' tenuous atmosphere, and a close-up of a portion of the gigantic Valles Marineris Canyon of ‪#‎Mars‬.
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HUGE RECTANGULAR OBJECT IN MARS CRATER WITH "U" SHAPED ANTENNA OR OBELISK ON THE TOP!

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MAVEN Completes First Deep Dip Campaign

The #MAVEN spacecraft has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of the ‪#‎Martian‬ upper atmosphere.

"During normal science mapping, we make measurements between an altitude of about 150 km and 6,200 km (93 miles and 3,853 miles) above the surface,” said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator at the University of Colorado Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (+LASP CUBoulder). “During the deep-dip campaigns, we lower the lowest altitude in the orbit, known as periapsis, to about 125 km (78 miles) which allows us to take measurements throughout the entire upper atmosphere.”

The 25 km (16 miles) altitude difference may not seem like much, but it allows scientists to make measurements down to the top of the lower atmosphere. At these lower altitudes, the atmospheric densities are more than ten times what they are at 150 km (93 miles).

Read the full release, here: http://bit.ly/1zqnLR3.
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Mars upper atmosphere and ionosphere orbiter
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Solving Mars' climate mystery. Where did the water and CO2 go?
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  • Mars' Upper Atmosphere
    Orbiter, 2014 - present
    MAVEN is the first mission devoted to exploring Mars' upper atmosphere in an effort to help determine what happened to the once-dense atmosphere and surface water of the Red Planet and solve its climate mystery.
  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
    Spacecraft, 2014
    Atmospheric Orbiter
  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
    Spacecraft, 2012
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  • NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, University of California at Berkeley, NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Spacecraft, 2011
    Climate mystery investigator
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an elliptical orbit around Mars (150 km x 6,200 km)
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NASA's Kennedy Space Center - Waterton Canyon, CO
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The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. 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?
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The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission (MAVEN) launched on Nov. 18, 2013 and entered Mars orbit on Sept. 21, 2014 to begin exploring the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.
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The second in NASA's Mars Scout missions, 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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  • University of Colorado - Boulder
    Astronomy and Aeronomy, 2011
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Space Physics, 2011
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