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UPDATE: NASA has confirmed that the MAVEN spacecraft has completed its engine burn to enter orbit around Mars.

WATCH LIVE: NASA’s TV coverage of MAVEN’s arrival at Mars http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

NASA’s latest Mars mission will arrive at the Red Planet this Sunday after traveling 442 million miles during its 10-month journey. The spacecraft will study Mars from orbit in the hopes of answering the question: If Mars once had an atmosphere capable of sustaining liquid water at its surface, what happened to it?

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, or MAVEN for short, is NASA’s latest mission to study the Red Planet. It’s the first spacecraft sent specifically to study Mars’ upper atmosphere. It’s job is to examine the composition, structure and escape of gases in the upper atmosphere of Mars, and to study how it interacts with the solar wind.

“So far, so good with the performance of the spacecraft and payloads on the cruise to Mars,” according to MAVEN project manager David Mitchell, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The team, the flight system, and all ground assets are ready for Mars orbit insertion.”

The spacecraft is expected to begin orbital insertion at approximately 9:50 p.m. EDT Sunday, when it will fire its engines for 33 minutes to maneuver the spacecraft into a 35-hour elliptical orbit around Mars. The spacecraft will later be moved into a 4.5-hour science orbit.

MAVEN will then embark on a one year prime mission with the aim of improving our understanding of what happened to the Martian atmosphere and the water that was once present on the surface of Mars. “These are important questions for understanding the history of Mars, its climate, and its potential to support at least microbial life,” said MAVEN principal investigator Bruce Jakosky, of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

Read more about NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet here.

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Congratulations to NASA and everyone who contributed to the successful assembly, launch, journey, and now, completed insertion into Mars orbit.

History and future in the making, everyone.

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Congratulations to NASA! MAVEN is now in orbit around the Red Planet: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2014/09/19/nasas-maven-spacecraft-arrives-at-mars/

As we welcome MAVEN to Mars, it’s worth noting that Mars is populated entirely by robots. Share this if you think it’s time we sent humans to Mars. Write Congress today: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

Happy 35th birthday to Hermione Jean Granger, the brightest witch of her age!

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talk about perspective. shit.

Fucking hell.

I remember the first time I saw a map of Africa to scale. My jaw dropped.

Yes hello friends, we’ve all been lied to our entire lives. Africa is actually freaking ginormous. And this is what the world supposedly truly looks like. 

Also my teacher told us in class that the southern hemisphere actually has more land than the northern hemisphere, but the internet says otherwise. I have no idea what to believe now. Regardless, Africa is huge.

"This is what the world supposedly truly looks like.”

Well, no. If you want to know what the world truly looks like, find a globe. This is why it is important to have globes in your home, library, or classroom. The scale of Africa is immediately apparent.

All maps have the challenge of squashing a 3D surface to a 2D one that you can carry around in your pocket. The much-lambasted Mercator Projection was developed specifically as a navigational map. It remains the standard map projection for nautical and aeronautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant course, known as rhumb lines, as straight segments. This makes it easier to plot long-distance lines of travel, much in the way log-log plots allow you to convert curved lines of data into straight lines for easy comparison of various data sets.   

The likely reason the Mercator became so popular in non-navigational settings is because it’s nice and rectangular, which makes it easy to frame and display. 

The map that deanandhisbrotherandhisangel is championing is the Gall-Peters Projection

The claim that the southern hemisphere has more land area than the northern hemisphere can be immediately disproven by tilting a globe on-end.



In fact, global warming in the Northern Hemisphere is outpacing the warming in the Southern Hemisphere because of its additional land area (and subsequent additional room for people, cars, and factories). 

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