The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) is the first mission devoted to studying the ionosphere or upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail. It will explore and seek to understand how the loss of atmospheric gas has changed the climate of Mars.
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About 50 students, mostly from aerospace engineering, are working to build a 5-pound spacecraft the size of a loaf of bread that will give scientists a better understanding of solar flares and other so-called space weather.