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
Chinese performers participate in a tourism festival celebrating traditional Chinese life in Langzhong, Sichuan Province, China on September 26, 2013. Both domestic and foreign tourism in China is projected to double over the next few years, making it one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. UPI/Stephen Shaver
Photos from the Japan Expo and Comic Con at the Parc des Expositions in Villepinte near Paris on July 6, 2013. The festival celebrating Japanese pop culture and entertainment runs through July 7 and over 200,000 visitors are expected. UPI/ David Silpa
Sailors direct an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft Tuesday, May 14, 2013 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. UPI/Kevin J. Steinber/US Navy
Delaware North, which runs the Complex is planning to open the Atlantis exhibit in June. Meanwhile, NASA looks to close down facilities at the Space Center and prepare for newer rockets and future missions beyond low earth orbit. .UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
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