Next orbiter to focus on Mars atmosphere

September 29, 2013 6:50 AM

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Next orbiter to focus on Mars atmosphere

Eight instruments aboard the Maven spacecraft will study the thin Martian atmosphere and the sun's influence upon it to understand its history.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Bathed in orange light and with two black solar wings outstretched, NASA's Maven spacecraft looks as if it might already be orbiting Mars.

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