On Monday, November 18, 2013, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) successfully launched to Mars carried by the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin and has Etched Disc Propellant and Pressurant Filters supplied by VACCO in its Propulsion System.
MAVEN’s mission is to study Mars’ upper atmosphere and find out what happened to the water that was once on the Red Planet. It is scheduled to arrive at Mars on September 22, 2014. Click here for Lockheed Martin's news release about the launch.