Science MAVEN now successfully orbiting Mars. What's next? (+video)

NASA's craft known as MAVEN began to orbit Mars at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday. It is the first of two orbiters slated to arrive at the red planet this week.

By , Staff writer

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NASA's latest mission to Mars – an orbiter designed to help scientists reconstruct the history of the planet's atmosphere and the effect its changes had on habitability – has moved into its initial orbit after a 10-month journey that covered 442 million miles.