September sees two new visitors arriving at Mars

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Mars is a tough competitor.  The list of failed missions to Mars is significantly longer than the list of successful missions and currently only NASA, Russia and the European Space Agency (ESA) have logged successful missions to the Red planet.  This includes all missions; orbiters, landers and rovers combined.  This September inhabitants of Earth hope to bring us closer to 50/50 as we take on Mars twice more with a pair of orbiters.  One from the now seasoned Mars flyers, NASA and one from the Mars rookies, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

First to arrive will be NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN).  It’s scheduled to arrive and enter into Martian orbit on September 21, 2014.  MAVEN’s goal is to study the Red Planet’s thin atmosphere and its evolution and to better understand how that atmosphere is being lost into space.  MAVEN launched…

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