Maven Lifts Off On Mission To Measure Martian Atmosphere

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: AWIN First

Europe’s Mars Express orbiter has several instruments relevant to the Maven investigations, and a working group has already been established “to make sure we’re getting the right observations at the right time to be able to do that cross coordination,” Jakosky said. India’s new Mangalyaan Mars orbiter, launched Nov. 5, may also be able to work with Maven, and Jakosky’s team is in touch with the Indian Space Research Organization about possible coordination. Mangalyaan is also due to arrive at Mars in September 2014.

“After we’re both in orbit and taking data, we’ll figure out what coordination we need,” Jakosky said.

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