One year ago today, MAVEN was sent off on a perfect trajectory to put the spacecraft into orbit around Mars. Thanks to all of our wonderful partners who made it happen so seamlessly. Today, MAVEN has begun investigating Mars’ upper atmosphere in an effort to solve the climate mystery of the Red Planet.

On November 18, 2013 at 1:28 p.m. EST, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to send the ‪#‎MAVEN‬ spacecraft on its way to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere. Launch Gallery Photos, courtesy of  NASA’s MAVEN Mission to Mars

MAVEN on its way
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MAVEN on Pad
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Morning of Launch
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Liftoff
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