NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft will be launched to a 10-month journey to Mars today, 18th November
The mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatile from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. 
You can watch the live broadcast here (lift-off is at 1:28 pm EST)
[Update: now launched]

NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft will be launched to a 10-month journey to Mars today, 18th November

The mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatile from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. 

You can watch the live broadcast here (lift-off is at 1:28 pm EST)

[Update: now launched]

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    engineering is cool. now to get through the boring stuff and get to the cool stuff like this…please?
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    This is one of my favorite pre-launch shots.
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