NASA’s social media followers were given an insider’s look at America’s space program and the opportunity to learn about the upcoming launch of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Participants heard first-hand accounts of the mission development and research goals from the MAVEN science and engineering teams from NASA Goddard and other organizations. MAVEN will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail. It’s scheduled to launch no earlier than 1:28 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Panelists for this media briefing are:
— Jim Morrissey, Instrument System Manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— Mehdi Benna, Instrument Scientist for the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— David Brain, MAVEN Co-Investigator, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder
— Jasper Halekas, Instrument Lead for the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer, University of California, Berkeley