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You can watch the MAVEN spacecraft arrive at Mars on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, in a live webcast that runs from 9:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. EDT (0130 to 0245 GMT). If all goes well, MAVEN will enter orbit around Mars at 9:50 p.m. EDT (0250 GMT), according to NASA officials.
"So far, so good with the performance of the spacecraft and payloads on the cruise to Mars," David Mitchell, NASA's MAVEN project manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. "The team, the flight system, and all ground assets are ready for Mars orbit insertion."
The $671 million MAVEN spacecraft eight instruments to study the Martian atmosphere in detail.
MAVEN will began making science measurements around Nov. 8, but the spacecraft will take a time-out from its commissioning phase to watch Comet Siding Spring pass close by on Oct. 19
originally posted by: blacktie
if they film any Martians or other signs of intelligent life there will the videos be edited before we see them here on Earth
originally posted by: lostbook
originally posted by: Aleister
Just checked in, has MAVEN achieved orbit? I looked at NASA TV just now and it was a space station replay. Is orbit confirmed? Thanks.
Yes, MAVEN achieved orbit around MARS successfully. Now the fun begins.