Launch Date November 18, 2013 | 18:28 UT
Launch Site Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Destination Mars
Type Orbiter
Status Successful—Extended Mission in Progress
Nation United States
Alternate Names 2013-063A, 39378


Give insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability by determining how volatiles from the Martian atmosphere have escaped into space over time. Provide communications support to other Mars missions.


  • Carried out ten months of observations during the primary mission

  • Completed four deep-dip campaigns into the Martian atmosphere

  • Survived an encounter with Comet Siding Spring

Key Dates

Nov. 18, 2013 | 18:28 UT: Launch

Sept. 22, 2014 | 2:24 UT: Mars Orbit Insertion


Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401

Spacecraft Mass: 1,784 pounds (809 kilograms)

Spacecraft Instruments:

  1. Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA)

  2. Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA)

  3. Suprathermal and Thermal Ion Composition (STATIC)

  4. Solar Energetic Particle (SEP)

  5. Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW)

    1. Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Monitor

  6. Magnetometer (MAG)

  7. Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS)

  8. Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS)

Additional Resources


University of Colorado-Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics: MAVEN

National Space Science Data Center Master Catalog: MAVEN

NASA Mars Program

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