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NASA sends Maven to Mars

See larger An AtlasV rocket rolls out to Launch Complex 41 carrying the Maven spacecraft Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Maven spacecraft will directly assess the atmosphere of the planet Mars. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

An AtlasV rocket rolls out to Launch Complex 41 carrying the Maven spacecraft Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Maven spacecraft will directly assess the atmosphere of the planet Mars. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

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  • An AtlasV rocket, carrying the Maven spacecraft, blasts off at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Monday, Nov. 18, 20131. Maven is on a 10-month journey will directly assess the atmosphere of the planet Mars. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
  • An AtlasV rocket, carrying the Maven spacecraft, blasts off at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Monday, Nov. 18, 20131. Maven is on a 10-month journey will directly assess the atmosphere of the planet Mars. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
  • This photo provided by NASA shows a full moon rising behind the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
  • An AtlasV rocket rolls out to Launch Complex 41 carrying the Maven spacecraft Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Maven spacecraft will directly assess the atmosphere of the planet Mars. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
  • A sign along the NASA Kennedy Space Center causeway displays to passersby that there is one day remaining until the scheduled launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The robotic explorer called Maven is due to blast off Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 on a 10-month journey to the red planet. There, it will orbit Mars and study the atmosphere to try to understand how the planet morphed from warm and wet to cold and dry. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
  • NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The spacecraft will orbit Mars and study the planet's upper atmosphere.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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