NASA MAVEN: Destination Mars

New spacecraft launches toward the red planet to analyze its atmosphere.
3:00 | 11/18/13

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Transcript for NASA MAVEN: Destination Mars
This is a special room. I'm Dan -- New York where this ABC news digital special report a mission to Mars. That could tell us about the future. Of the earth now right now you're looking at a live picture of Cape Canaveral Florida that is where NASA is set to launch rocket to the red planet. There the Mars atmosphere in the volatile evolution pro -- also known as maiden. Will harm -- in orbit trying to figure out more clues on or about its. Long lost atmosphere and the potential in -- to support life. Let's listen in now. As -- -- downtown is -- -- eight from 107654321. Engines start big. Mission and -- stall. Of the apple is live -- For clues about the evolution of Mars. -- -- Everything looked good -- 11100% rated -- them RD 180. -- Marines are looking good. You have whole program. -- spending. -- -- -- -- Tell me. Don't forget about the need. -- Vehicle operating hazards. And you know it's an underage -- Everything is looking. -- now. -- range travelling end over 1000. And we'll you know -- program. Good evening about 8% -- And we are up next some -- now supersonic. -- when its top -- person didn't trust. And thank you. Can you imagine thank you Rachel good. Thank you have a great dad. When Emerson today -- -- -- down to its members present rent on time. And we -- and none of -- I'll announce the news. When the -- miles down range traveling can't when he 200 miles per hour. And everything looking good continued operated at 95% trust. The coming up time. -- -- -- -- And expect to enable its -- scaring us. And strength and able moderate as expected. For bringing him staring. Vehicles now 50% -- -- -- way. And -- player the -- vows to act its second stage reaction control system parallels -- fired. System has pressurized. In the -- continues to operate as expected. And I percent rated thrust hard and -- percent ridiculous correction. -- are looking good -- accelerate passing through three cheese. Do you control looks good. And insight into the -- -- -- the center of the range track. We are now 35 miles an altitude. Seventy miles down range at 6000. Miles per hour. Rich control systems not fully pressurized. And so now made it is headed to Mars. -- scientists know that Mars at one point had an earth like atmosphere nearly four billion years ago full of water wet clouds somehow -- something. It changed Mars became the cold dry. Red planet. That we see today some NASA. -- to figure out that driver behind the change now looking for clues that might indicate if -- Would face a similar fate -- aircraft. It's attached to an alliance atlas five rocket field to the brim with liquid oxygen. Take off. Going -- any kind of technical problems you can see right there. The maven probe breaking through the Earth's atmosphere that journey to its final station's gonna take some time now it will be a ten month Michigan factory that NASA spacecraft -- to get to Mars by next September. And shortly there after the testing it. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Where facts of life and might exist today percent rated this would put in the priesthood as a turf effective -- 21 foray to -- him. Habitable sister planet the 600. 71. Million dollar mission coming a year after the launch of that curiosity Mars rover still rolling along on the martian surface and made -- mission but also becomes scientists plan for the first manned mission to Mars by the year. Twenty -- thirty and issues in -- but. Experts that as a -- is now on its way to Mars evidently report right right -- news -- conference on Dan -- -- With this -- news. Digital lines that.

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