Next stop, Mars: NASA’s Maven spacecraft blasts off on a 10-month journey

John Clarke, College of Arts & Sciences

NASA’s Maven spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today for a 10-month journey to the Red Planet…

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“Scientifically, this is very important. The rovers want to find little things on the surface today, and Maven is interested in the long-term history of Mars. Were the conditions ripe 3 billion years ago for life to have gotten started on Mars? It could be that it had life, maybe bacteria, even before Earth did.”

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