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Watch Live as NASA Launches MAVEN to Mars! [Updated]

Fun Fact: The MAVEN will carry poetry and the names of Earthlings to the red planet.


At 1:28PM ET Monday, November 18th NASA will launch MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft; you know, the one loaded up with our Earthling names and haikus. MAVEN’s mission is to determine how Mars went from wet and warm to the terrifying rock of death it is today.

But why are you listening to me explain this? Here, have a seat. LeVar Burton is going to help out.

It will take 10 months for MAVEN to reach the Red Planet, at which point the probe will study Mars from orbit. Beginning at 11:00am EST tomorrow, you can watch NASA’s livestream of the launch right here:

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.