Maven: Studying Mysteries of the Red Planet

Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 3/17/2014

Ancient riverbeds, crater lakes and flood channels all attest to Mars's warm, watery past. So how did the Red Planet evolve from a once hospitable world into the cold, dry desert that we see today? One possibility is that Mars lost its early atmosphere, allowing its water to escape into space. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is headed to Mars investigate just that. Following are educational resources related to MAVEN and Mars.