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Message 1530858 - Posted: 22 Jun 2014, 10:17:41 UTC

Dr Korpela has confirmed that the SSL at Berkeley is involved in the MAVEN project. Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) is a space probe designed to study the Martian atmosphere while orbiting Mars.

Particles and Field (P&F) Package - Built by the University of California, Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory.

Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA) - measures solar wind and ionosphere electrons
Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA) - measures solar wind and magnetosheath ion density and velocity
SupraThermal And Thermal Ion Composition (STATIC) - measures thermal ions to moderate-energy escaping ions
Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) - determines the impact of SEPs on the upper atmosphere
Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW) - determines ionosphere properties and wave heating of escaping ions and solar extreme ultraviolet (EUV) input to atmosphere
Magnetometer (MAG) - measures interplanetary solar wind and ionosphere magnetic fields

It is important to realise just how much other work the SSL does apart from Seti&Home. SSL

Some of it may have been, or will be, monitored from the SSL Mission Operations Center that I saw on my SSL tour in the fall of 2011.


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Message 1531089 - Posted: 23 Jun 2014, 2:14:16 UTC - in response to Message 1530858.

Looks good, Chris :)
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Message 1532389 - Posted: 26 Jun 2014, 16:34:15 UTC

I was hoping MAVEN would detect, maybe map methane. Methane has been detected from Earth, but though Curiosity has a detector, she hasn't detected any. Well, Curiosity is on the other side of the planet from where methane was detected. Perhaps there's a local plume.

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Message 1569387 - Posted: 8 Sep 2014, 23:05:17 UTC - in response to Message 1532389.

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations For Mars

On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.

The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a “settling” burn that damps out deviations in pointing. Then the six main engines will ignite two by two in quick succession and will burn for 33 minutes to slow the craft, allowing it to be captured in an elliptical orbit.

Yea!!

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasas-maven-spacecraft-makes-final-preparations-for-mars/index.html
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Message 1569594 - Posted: 9 Sep 2014, 12:47:59 UTC

Woo hoo!


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