Nov. 18 - NASA's new Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, or MAVEN, launches into space for a mission designed to better understand Mars' atmosphere. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) NASA's new Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, or MAVEN, launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It's headed to Mars on a mission looking for clues about the evolution of the Red Planet by examining its atmosphere. It will be a long journey. When the explorer arrives in September 2014, MAVEN will put itself into orbit around Mars and begin scrutinizing the thin layer of gases that remains in its skies.