Diagram of MAVEN instrument locations
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.)
This image is in the public domain. Original image data dated on or about November 18, 2013