MAVEN readies for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (5 images)

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft undergoes final preparations at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on September 27, 2013. MAVEN will be launched by a Atlas 5 rocket currently scheduled for a November 18, 2013 lift off. The Lockheed Martin spacecraft will orbit the planet Mars for one year after completing a ten month journey through space. The mission is to explore how the sun has effected Mars upper atmosphere and ionosphere. UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
Updated: Sept. 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM