Watch live viewing of NASA's Mars mission at natural science museum
Posted November 16, 2013
The N.C. Museum of Natural Science, which is hosting its annual Fossil Fair on Saturday, will screen a live viewing of NASA's latest mission to Mars on Monday. The program starts at 1 p.m. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is scheduled for 1:28 p.m.
The program, called MAVEN to Mars, takes place in the SECU Daily Planet Theater at the museum in downtown Raleigh. Learn more about this latest NASA mission from Dr. Rachel Smith and Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, director and assistant director of the museum’s Astronomy Research Lab. Their talk is followed by the launch.
Here's more about the launch from the museum: "The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatile compounds — such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and water — from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability."
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