Submitted by ub on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:20

MAVEN now is a moon of Mars. It will help earthlings understand just why the red planet is so different than our own blue-green world.

MAVEN’s real job now begins. When the science starts MAVEN will analyze the atmosphere and space environment of Mars, which is a primary mission to understand just why Mars used to have a thick atmosphere, and no longer does.