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MAVEN launch—multiple angles

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Published on Nov 25, 2013

On November 18, 2013, at 1:28 p.m. (EST), the MAVEN spacecraft rocketed away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Space Launch Complex 41 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster. The picture-perfect lift off was captured from a variety of angles adjacent to the launch pad and spread across NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The launch began a 10-month journey to Mars for MAVEN, where it will enter orbit on September 22, 2014, and become the first mission devoted to understanding the processes involved in the evolution of the planet's upper atmosphere. Doing so will add a critical piece to the puzzle of Mars' climate history and help to answer the question of what happened to the once abundant water present on the ancient Martian surface and the denser atmosphere that made it possible.

(Video credit: NASA)

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