MAVEN preps for orbital insertion

September 17, 2014 7:03 PM

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MAVEN preps for orbital insertion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A press conference was held at NASA headquarters today to discuss the status of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft as it prepares to enter Mars’ orbit. After completing a 10-month journey and traversing over 442 million miles, the craft is set for orbital insertion on September 21 at 9:50 p.m. EDT (01:50 GMT on September 22).

“So far, so good with the performance of the spacecraft and payloads on the cruise to Mars. The team, the flight team, and all ground assets are ready for Mars orbit insertion,” said MAVEN project manager for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, David Mitchell.

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