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MAVEN Magnetic Swing Test

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Published on Aug 15, 2013

On January 10, 2013, technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colo. put the MAVEN spacecraft through a Magnetic Swing Test in order to capture the magnetic signature of the spacecraft.

Test engineers swing the vehicle on the x and y-axis and compare the data to a model of the magnetic field of the spacecraft. Verifying the model will make the MAVEN magnetometer instrument more precise when collecting science at Mars.

(Video credit: Lockheed Martin)

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