Witness the historic launch of MAVEN from either the Apollo/Saturn V Center or from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with the two-hour launch window opening at 1:28 p.m. EST.
Hear about the powerful Atlas V rocket from a United Launch Alliance representative
Discover Humans 2 Mars, an exhibition of displays, exhibits, interactive exhibits and models themed around Humans 2 Mars
Launch viewing from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or the Apollo/Saturn V Center is included in regular admission and will feature live mission control commentary.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is part of NASA's Mars Scout program, funded by NASA Headquarters. The mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Download the MAVEN fact sheet.
Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatile from the Mars atmosphere to space has played through time, giving insight into the history of Mars' atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.
The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.
Learn more about MAVEN.
* Launch date and time are subject to change.