NASA Ships MAVEN Spacecraft
Lockheed Martin shipped NASA's MAVEN spacecraft to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Friday, Aug. 2. The 1,784-pound spacecraft was shipped on a U.S. Air Force transport plane in an environmentally controlled container. The plane, MAVEN and support personnel took off from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo. and touched down at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, on one of the largest runways in the world. While at Kennedy, the spacecraft will undergo final processing in preparation for a November launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V -401 rocket.