NASA launched the Mars orbiter MAVEN despite last-minute weather jitters. Mission scientists hope the craft will take a close look at the sun and the comet ISON en route to the red planet.
MAVEN is slated for launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Monday afternoon and will carry a suite of eight instruments to the red planet.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission orbiter MAVEN is about to head for the red planet. It will help scientists learn why Mars, once warm and wet, became inhospitable for life.
The world's biggest democracy could once again prove itself technologically advanced if its $73 million mission to Mars is successful.