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NASA launches MAVEN satellite to the Red Planet




This artist's concept shows the MAVEN spacecraft with the planet Mars in the background.
This artist's concept shows the MAVEN spacecraft with the planet Mars in the background.
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NASA just can't seem to get Mars off its mind. Minutes ago, the space agency successfully launched another spacecraft bound for the Red Planet. It's official name is the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution satellite, but scientists just call it MAVEN for short.

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It's expected to reach the planet September 2014, where it'll join the other orbiters and rovers already studying our closest neighbor. Here to fill us in on MAVEN's mission is KPCC's Science Reporter Sanden Totten.