LAUNCH DATE:November 18, 2013
Atlas V MAVEN
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 on November 18, 2013. MAVEN will examine specific processes on Mars that led to the loss of much of its atmosphere. Data and analysis will help planetary scientists understand the history of climate change on the red planet and provide further information on the history of planetary habitability.