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NASA will launch a Mars mission on Blue Origin’s first New Glenn rocket

NASA is aware of the risk of launching a real science mission on the first flight of a new rocket. But this mission, known by the acronym ESCAPADE, is relatively low cost. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers mission has a budget of approximately $79 million, significantly less than any mission NASA has sent to Mars in recent history.

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A MAVEN Double Today

MAVEN has exited solar conjunction MAVEN has exited Mars solar conjunction—when the Sun is almost directly between Earth and Mars—and returned to conducting normal science

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