Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Diagram of MAVEN instrument locations

Filed under explaining technology, MAVEN, spacecraft

Go Back

Diagram of MAVEN instrument locations Six instruments comprise the Particles and Fields package: Solar Energetic Particle (SEP); Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA); Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA); SupraThermal and Thermal Ion Composition (STATIC); Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW); and Magnetometer (MAG). There is also an Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) and a Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS).


Two of these instruments, SWIA and SEP, are mounted on the body of the spacecraft. The extreme ultraviolet monitor component of LPW is also body-mounted and faces the sun. Two instruments, SWEA and LPW, are mounted on booms extending from the spacecraft. The two magnetometer sensors are mounted at the ends of the craft’s solar panels, in order to get them as far away from the core structure of the spacecraft as possible. Three instruments, NGIMS, STATIC, and IUVS, are mounted on the articulated payload platform, which extends on a boom and continually rotates as the spacecraft orbits so that the instruments can continually view the planet.

(Photo and text are from the MAVEN Launch Press Kit.)

Original image data dated on or about November 18, 2013.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


Other Related Images


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!