NASA Sets MAVEN/Atlas V Launch Events Coverage

                NASA Sets MAVEN/Atlas V Launch Events Coverage

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next Mars-bound
spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), is set to
launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Monday, Nov. 18.


The two-hour launch window extends from 1:28 p.m. to 3:28 p.m. EST. Liftoff
will occur from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.

Launch commentary coverage and prelaunch media briefings, will be carried live
on NASA Television and the agency's website.

MAVEN is the second mission under NASA's Mars Scout Program. It will take
critical measurements of the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists
understand climate change over the Red Planet's history. MAVEN is the first
spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper
atmosphere. It will orbit the planet in an elliptical orbit that allows it to
pass through and sample the entire upper atmosphere on every orbit. The
spacecraft will investigate how the loss of Mars' atmosphere to space
determined the history of water on the surface.

NASA will host a number of pre- and post-launch activities at the agency's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida, including:

Friday, Nov. 15

  o1 p.m. - Prelaunch news conference on NASA TV
  o2 p.m. - MAVEN Spanish media briefing on NASA TV

Saturday, Nov. 16

  o9 a.m. - Atlas V launch vehicle rollout transportation departs the Kennedy
    Press Site parking lot at 9 a.m. (not on NASA TV)
  o1:30 p.m. - Remote camera placement at Space Launch Complex 41
    transportation departs the Kennedy Press Site parking lot at 1:30 p.m.
    (not on NASA TV).
  o2 p.m. - MAVEN NASA Social on NASA TV

Sunday, Nov. 17

  o9 a.m. - PhoneSat 2 overview media availability at Kennedy's Press Site
    (not on NASA TV)
  o10 a.m. - MAVEN mission science briefing on NASA TV
  o11:30 a.m. - "The Path Toward Humans to Mars" briefing on NASA TV

Monday, Nov. 18

  o11 a.m. - Live prelaunch commentary begins on NASA TV 
  oPost-launch news conference on NASA TV targeted for about 2 1/2 hours
    after launch

Media who want to cover the MAVEN briefings and launch in person must apply
for credentials at:

U.S. media requests must be received no later than Tuesday, Nov. 12. The
deadline for foreign media has passed. Media may obtain access badges at the
Gate 2 Press Accreditation Office. For all media, two forms of
government-issued identification are required to receive Kennedy credentials.
At least one form must be a government-issued photo identification, such as a
passport or driver's license. For further information about accreditation,
contact Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598 or 321-867-2468.

NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for launch
management. United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colo., is the provider of
the Atlas V launch service. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., built the
spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations after launch.

MAVEN's principal investigator is based at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and
Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. The university provided
science instruments and leads science operations, as well as education and
public outreach, for the mission.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages the project and
provided two of the science instruments for the mission. The University of
California at Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory also provided science
instruments for the mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
Calif., provides navigation support, Deep Space Network support and Electra
telecommunications relay hardware and operations.

For the latest information about all of MAVEN's media opportunities, visit:

For more information about MAVEN's mission, visit:


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