We’re all a little uncoordinated at times, but when you’re a hunk of metal hurling through space, the consequences are a bit more severe. This week, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), which has been orbiting the Red Planet for two years, had to perform a last-minute maneuver to avoid a disastrous…
Uber is partnering with the car-sharing service Maven (which is owned and operated by General Motors) to let Uber drivers rent GM vehicles on a weekly basis. The business will cost drivers $179 plus taxes and fees, and driver will not incur any extra fees for using the car for personal use.
General Motors revealed plans to have human chaperones in the first generation of its self-driving vehicles through its partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft, which should only make your trip even more uncomfortable than a current Lyft fare as you and your ambivalent chaperone struggle with the moral complexities…
Want a car for an hour or two? Normally you’d turn to Zipcar, but now General Motors has announced an alternative car sharing scheme that it’s calling Maven.
Every December, geoscientists descend on San Francisco for the American Geophysical Union annual meeting. It's the time for announcements big and small over a daunting diversity of topics. Summarizing the breadth of research is an exercise in futility, so instead, here's a tiny taste of what was shared.
Yesterday, comet Siding Spring hurled past Mars at half the distance between the Earth and moon, bringing a massive cloud of dust along with it. To protect its space-based assets, space agencies employed precautionary measures, and they appear to have worked.
Piling on to the good news from Mars this week, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft sent home its first ultraviolet images from Mars. While they may not be flashy, these images will help determine the composition and variability of the upper atmosphere, and investigate the mystery of when the water escaped.
The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That's a fantastically short correction to end a 711 million kilometer, 10-month journey, and a perfect kickoff to its mission investigating the structure and evolution of the planet's…
It took just ten months for NASA's water-seeking satellite to traverse the 442 million miles between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet, it's time to get to work figuring out where the heck all that water went.
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft hitched a ride on an Atlas V launch vehicle on November 18th of last year. Now, just over 10 months later, it's finally about to reach its objective: orbiting Mars. Watch along as it closes in on success. [Update: We have orbit!]
NASA's newest Martian explorer – the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft – is finally ready for lift-off. Currently poised atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Mars-bound orbiter is slated to launch this afternoon at 1:28 pm ET. Live coverage of the launch begins right now!
After narrowly avoiding the chopping block during the recent government shutdown, NASA's upcoming MAVEN mission is finally a go for launch on Monday, barring any technical or weather setbacks. Before then, take a moment as Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek: TNG staple LeVar Burton explains exactly what the…
Earlier this month, the government shutdown threatened to postpone the launch of NASA's Mars MAVEN spacecraft until 2016, at the expense of tens of millions of dollars to the Agency's already cash-strapped Planetary Science Division. Now, NASA says the orbiter is prepared to lift off on its originally scheduled launch…
This is a rare moment of sanity and clarity from the powers-that-be. Despite the current government shutdown, NASA's MAVEN mission—slated for a November launch—has been allowed to go ahead.
Government is a NO GO, which means that NASA is frozen. The immediate consequence: MAVEN—the next big mission to Mars—may get canned till 2016 because we may miss the current launch window, as Mars and Earth get out of the proper alignment. $600 million spent for nothing.
The government started to shut down on Tuesday morning after Congress embarrassingly failed to come to an agreement on the budget. It's bad news. While science and technology programs as a whole took a hit, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft set is particularly screwed.
We know that Mars once had an Earth-like atmosphere dense enough to support liquid water on the surface of the planet, we've found the dry riverbeds and the presence of minerals only formed in water to prove it. We're also pretty sure that the planet slowly lost that atmosphere into the depths of space on account of…
The Curiosity rover is just four months into its primary two-year mission on Mars, and already NASA is planning sequels. The Agency announced yesterday plans for a series of Martian missions that will culminate in 2020 with the launch of a new robotic science rover based largely on Curiosity's design.