By studying ions, or small electrically charged particles, in and above the Martian atmosphere, the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer on board the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission may provide clues to why the Martian atmosphere has gradually been lost.
In case you didn’t get to see it “live”. I did BTW, sadly I was not where I could get on the site.
I was also asked about the name and what does the “N” at the end of MAVEN stand for, thinking I forgot to include part of the name: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. It does seem to be missing something and I AM quite capable of missing/omitting/mis-spelling (etc) something. Just not in this case:
MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN
NASA is getting ready to launch a new spacecraft to Mars. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) mission will study the upper atmosphere of Mars. Like some of the other missions of late, NASA is inviting the public to be involved in a fun way.
A DVD is going to be produced with the names of as many people as sign up by July 1, 2013. The DVD is part of the Going to Mars Campaign and is coordinated at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP).
You can send your name to be included on the DVD and you can print out a certificate as proof. Plus if you are so inclined you can submit a three line poem or haiku that will need to undergo a selection process where only three will be selected. The press release says only three haikus, I assume they mean poems too. I could be wrong but I consider them distinct and therefore different because of the sturcture. I am more of a limrick kind of guy, no, I’m going there and besides a proper limerick has five lines. The selections will be judged online so the bar will be high but not out of reach for the creative among you, give it a go.
Learn more about MAVEN.
Can you say “what a great science-fair project this would be”? Oh to be in school again, this would have made life so easy! Oh well.
The details from NASA are in a press release below and be sure to check out the list of players at the end. I am always pleased to see different (and very fine I might add) educational institutions working together. I dunno, I just am – it’s great.
WASHINGTON — NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
The DVD will be in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch in November. The DVD is part of the mission’s Going to Mars Campaign coordinated at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP).
The DVD will carry every name submitted. The public also is encouraged to submit a message in the form of a three-line poem, or haiku. However, only three haikus will be selected. The deadline for all submissions is July 1. An online public vote to determine the top three messages to be placed on the DVD will begin July 15.