MAVEN Flies Free!

MAVEN is on its own now, headed for Mars! Applause roared up from the control rooms.The Centaur is far behind the scientific spacecraft and getting farther behind. The Centaur will be maneuvered so it doesn’t interfere with MAVEN or Mars later. Next up for MAVEN is the unfurling of its gull wing solar arrays so it can begin recharging its onboard batteries in about 20 minutes.