Space.com/By Elizabeth Howell
The planet Mars is about to have some company. Two new spacecraft, one from the United States and the other from India, are closing in on the Red Planet and poised to begin orbiting Mars by the end of this month.
The U.S.-built probe, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, is expected to enter orbit around Mars on Sept. 21. Just days later, on Sept. 24, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission(MOM) orbiter is due to make its own Mars arrival when it enters
orbit. Both MOM and MAVEN launched to space in 2013.
MAVEN is the first mission devoted to probing the Martian atmosphere, particularly to understand how it has changed during the planet’s history. …[Read
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