NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Nails Mars 'Orbit Insertion'

September 22, 2014 3:17 AM

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“This was a very big day for MAVEN,” David Mitchell, a project manager for the MAVEN mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a written statement. “We’re very excited to join the constellation of spacecraft in orbit at Mars and on the surface of the Red Planet... Congratulations to the team for a job well done today.”

The spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Nov. 18, 2013. It entered into Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT on Sept. 21.

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