|3 microsatellites launched from the Space station.
On November 19, 2013 at 12:18 UTC being aboard the ISS, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata launched 3 microsatellites: the "Pico Dragon” satellite made by Vietnamese and Japanese scientists; ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-2 satellites made by the NanoSatisfi company. All 3 satellites are made in according to Cubesat standard and look like a cube with sides of 10 centimeters.
|U.S. launched a probe to explore Martian atmosphere.
On November 18, 2013 at 18:28 UTC the "Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket equipped with the "Centaur” booster orbited MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) probe.
The trip to Mars will take 10 months, and the 671-million-U.S.- dollar MAVEN is expected to reach orbit around Mars in September 2014.
MAVEN has a one-Earth-year primary mission, during which it will make measurements in all regions of "near-Mars" space, including five deep dip maneuvers, descending to an altitude of 120 kilometers, the lower boundary of the planet's upper atmosphere. The spacecraft will investigate how the loss of Mars' atmosphere to space determined the history of water on the surface.
Maven is the 10th orbiter the U.S. space agency sends to Mars, but three of them failed.
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