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  1. NASA Launches New Spacecraft to Orbit Red Planet

    MAVEN is heading toward Mars. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission aims to learn how a planet that used to look very similar to Earth, with water and a dense atmosphere, became today’s barren, cold desert rock. It’s the first mission dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere and NASA says it will cost $671 million. If everything goes well, MAVEN will have a 10-month cruise before it arrives at its destination and begins investigating the Red Planet’s cause of death.

    Sources: NPR, CNN

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