Celebration: MAVEN Arrives at Mars

This image shows about 20 people wearing black shirts and mic headset clapping to celebrate MAVEN's arrival at Mars.
September 21, 2014
CreditLockheed Martin
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Members of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) team celebrate at the Lockheed Martin operations center in Littleton, Colorado, Sunday night, after getting confirmation that the spacecraft entered Mars' orbit.

MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars, and will soon begin taking measurements of the composition, structure and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the sun and solar wind.