The lastest (and, given cuts to Planetary Exploration, one of the last firmly scheduled) of America's Mars missions is due to launch in about 40 minutes.MAVEN will study the planet's atmosphere to determine its composition, history, and evolution in much greater detail than previous probes. That information will make MAVEN dresults one more piece in the puzzle of possible Martian life, part or present. On to Mars!
Quote for the Day is from Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX: "I would like to be born on Earth and die on Mars - although not at the point of impact."
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And MAVEN is off. Congrats to NASA, United Launch Alliance, and all others involved.