May 23, 2017

Astro-Vid Of the Week: A MAVEN for All (Martian) Seasons

An artist’s conception of MAVEN in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC).

Its almost here.  Mars mission launch season is almost upon us. About every 24 to 26 months, the orbits of the Earth and Mars align, making a launch possible using minimal expenditure of energy. This usually occurs about 5-6 months before Opposition season, which comes up for the Red Planet next year on April 8th. [Read more...]