September 21, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN) will reach the end of its 10-month journey to Mars on September 21. Join Steve Lee, curator of planetary science; Justin Deighan, University of Colorado/LASP and member of the MAVEN science team; Steve Jolly, Lockheed Martin; and Jayson Cowley, United Launch Alliance, for live NASA TV coverage, commentary, and discussion as MAVEN performs an essential 33-minute “braking burn” of its thrusters to ensure the spacecraft is captured into orbit around the Red Planet. Over the next two years, MAVEN will look for clues to how the early warm, wet, and much thicker atmosphere on Mars evolved into the cold, dry, and thin atmosphere observed today—turning a planet once possibly habitable for microbial life into a frozen and inhospitable desert world. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin.
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