First Light: MAVEN science with Mike Chaffin

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First Light is a podcast that examines the cutting edge of space research.  Each episode features a scientist talking about their work: what it is, what does it mean to them, and what should it mean to us?

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In this episode of First Light, I chat with Mike Chaffin, a graduate student at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics about NASA's upcoming MAVEN mission.  He talks about what MAVEN is looking for, and how the mission differs from our past exploration of Mars.  What is the story of Mars past and present, and what can we infer about its future?

 This episode of First Light contains information about the MAVEN spacecraft, which is operated by my employer, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and the University of Colorado.