MAVEN Go For Launch Today – UPDATE

MAVEN Go For Launch Today – UPDATE

UPDATE:  MAVEN lifted off on time at 1:28 pm ET.

ORIGINAL STORY:  The weather appears to be holding for today’s launch of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft to Mars.   Launch is scheduled for 1:28 pm ET, with a two-hour launch window.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is intended to go into orbit around Mars and provide more detail about its upper atmosphere and how the atmosphere evolved over time.   Its goal is to answer questions about how much of the Martian atmosphere has been lost over time and interactions between the Martian atmosphere and the Sun.  

It will be launched on an Atlas V to begin its 10 month journey to Mars.  Weather at the launch site in Florida has been iffy, but appears to be cooperating at the moment.   NASA TV is covering the launch live.

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