MAVEN spacecraft ready for first “deep-dip” of the mission

The ‪#‎MAVEN‬ navigation team has given the green light for today’s initial “walk down,” which will lower the periapsis of the spacecraft by about 20 km and begin a transition into an area of Mars’ upper atmosphere known as the “homopause.” This region of Mars’ atmosphere is about 30 times more dense than the area explored by
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