MAVEN Not Shutdown

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA announced that the MAVEN mission will still launch according to schedule in spite of the government shutdown that has put several other projects on hold.

     NASA’s MAVEN Mission is moving forward.  Despite having to halt several of its projects, NASA will launch its MAVEN mission on schedule.  MAVEN will serve as a communications relay for NASA’s existing Mars equipment, making sure that the agency’s current Mars assets are protected.  It will also help provide information on Mars’ thinning atmosphere and the impact that change had on the Martian climate and geochemical conditions over time.  The spacecraft is set to launch in November, and the mission only has a 20-day launch window.  If NASA misses that time frame, the space agency will have to wait til 2016 to launch when Mars and the Earth are properly aligned again. NASA called this an emergency exception to the shutdown.