NASA's MAVEN returns its first images of Mars

September 25, 2014 4:00 PM

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Last week, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evoluton (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars. Now, the agency is releasing the first photos taken by the spacecraft of the planet's upper atmosphere.

MAVEN took these images with its ultraviolet spectrograph instrument from about 22,000 miles above the planet's surface after about its first eight hours in Mars' orbit. These images are "false-color" photos showing Mars' atmosphere within three ultraviolet wavelength bands.

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