A new emissary from Earth just arrived at the Red Planet. Relive the celebration and watch the arrival of MAVEN as the Planetary Society returned to KPCC/Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum. Rewatch a lively conversation about Mars exploration and the secrets that may be revealed by this new orbiter.
MAVEN is the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission. This somewhat under-appreciated probe will help us understand how a once warm and wet world lost most of its water and turned into the cold, forbidding desert it is today. MAVEN will reach Mars in time to join the investigation of a comet that will soon brush past the planet.
Host Mat Kaplan welcomed special guest Rich Zurek, Chief Scientist for JPL’s Mars Program Office, Project Scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and member of the MAVEN science team. Rich and Mat were joined on stage by Planetary Society Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla, and the Society’s Director of Science and Technology, Dr. Bruce Betts. Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy made a live, virtual appearance from New York. Wel tuned into the NASA TV broadcast as the seconds counted down to the critical rocket burn required to insert MAVEN into orbit around Mars.
A new emissary from Earth is about to reach the Red Planet. Help us celebrate the arrival of MAVEN as the Planetary Society returns to KPCC/Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum. You’ll join a lively conversation about Mars exploration and the secrets that may be revealed by this new orbiter.
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