|Celebration as MAVEN moves into orbit. Credit: Lockheed Martin|
After 10 months of space travel, MAVEN entered into orbit around Mars one week ago. MOM had traveled for a similar amount of time, and entered into orbit just days later. Both of these spacecrafts have made huge strides for science and space travel.
|Artist's conception of MOM.|
Mars is incredibly similar to Earth, with one glaring difference being its lack of reasonable atmosphere. Once, however, Mars had a thicker atmosphere. NASA wants to know what changed, and could it ever happen to us. MAVEN is designed with a set of specialized instruments to try and answer this mystery.
|Artist's conception of Siding Spring passing by Mars. NASA.|
Basically, Mars is taking one for the team, and we're lucky enough to have had prep time to move our equipment to safe locations.
Expect a more usual blog schedule to resume as the fall goes on, and updates on the entire comet situation as it draws closer!