A version of this article appears in the August 11/18 double issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Controllers are in final preparations for the Sept. 21 red planet arrival of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile -Evolution Mission (Maven), an orbiter designed to help scientists figure out where the planet’s early atmosphere went, and with it the water that once flowed on its surface. As the Maven team gears up to take data, the winners in an international competition to ...

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