NASA's New Mars Orbiter to Study 'Critical Piece' of Martian Puzzle (Video)
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NASA's next Mars probe is set to piece together longstanding mysteries about the atmosphere of the Red Planet. Earlier robotic probes and rovers sent to Mars were designed to investigate the surface of the planet, but the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) is built for a different target: the planet's atmosphere. "The Martian atmosphere is a critical piece of the puzzle of how Mars works," Jim Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said. You can watch the launch live on SPACE.com, via NASA TV, beginning at 11 a.m. EST (1400 GMT).
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