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(Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution)
(Mars orbiter to study its atmosphere)

MAVAN (for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is a NASA mission that placed an orbiter around Mars to study its atmosphere, to draw conclusions about its history, such as the effects of solar wind and atmospheric escape. MAVAN was launched in 2013, carried out science work from 2014 into 2017, at which time its primary function was changed, to serve as a communications relay for other Mars missions. Instruments:

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