MAVEN, India's MOM Orbiter Send Back Pics of Mars

September 25, 2014 10:22 PM

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A pair of spacecraft that recently arrived at Mars have sent back their first images of the planet taken from orbit. NASA's MAVEN orbiter sent back several images taken at different ultraviolet wavelengths while India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe transmitted a more standard picture of the Martian surface.

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe was inserted into Mars's orbit on Monday after a roughly 10-month journey from Earth. The spacecraft's one-year mission is to study the composition of the upper atmosphere of Mars and how it interacts with the solar wind, and to help determ...

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