The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), set to launch in 2013, will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatile compounds, such as CO2, N2, and H2O, from the Mars atmosphere to space has played over time, giving insight into the history of Mars atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.
Don’t know why I enjoy stuff like this so much, but I always want my name to be on a piece of data in space. I’ve crashed into the moon, i’m on my way to pluto, I’m on Mars, and now I can orbit it, too.
They are also having a Haiku competition, voting begins in 2 weeks. Here is my entry, I think we should all create one, unitedly decide on one, then all go vote for it.
Want to be at the
FIRST Robot Competition.
Alas, I’m on Mars.