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[1] What is the main goal of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission?

a) To study the geology of Mars

b) To search for evidence of past or present life on Mars

c) To understand the loss of Mars' atmosphere and water

d) To map the surface of Mars

[2] What is the primary instrument on the MAVEN spacecraft used to study Mars' atmosphere?

a) The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (MRO)

b) The Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

c) The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS)

d) The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Spectrometer (MAVS)

[3] What is the source of the solar wind that is stripping away Mars' atmosphere?

a) The sun

b) The Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos

c) The asteroid belt

d) The Jupiter

[4] How long is the MAVEN mission planned to last?

a) 1 year

b) 2 years

c) 6 years

d) 10 years

[5] What is the process by which the solar wind strips away the Martian atmosphere?

a) Solar radiation pressure

b) Impact erosion

c) Magnetic reconnection

d) Sputtering

[6] How does the MAVEN mission differ from previous Mars missions such as the Mars Rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter?

a) MAVEN is focused solely on studying the atmosphere, while previous missions have a broader focus

b) MAVEN is a lander mission, while previous missions were orbiters

c) MAVEN is a manned mission, while previous missions were unmanned

d) MAVEN is focused on studying the geology of Mars, while previous missions focused on the atmosphere

[7] What is the primary advantage of studying Mars' atmosphere and volatile evolution?

a) It can provide insight into the potential for past or present life on Mars

b) It can inform our understanding of the potential for terraforming Mars

c) It can help us understand the evolution of planetary atmospheres in general

d) All of the above

[8] What was the launch date of the MAVEN spacecraft?

a) November 2011

b) November 2013

c) November 2014

d) November 2018

[9] What is the name of the spacecraft that carried MAVEN to Mars?

a) Atlas V

b) Delta II

c) Falcon Heavy

d) Space Shuttle Endeavour

[10] What is the approximate distance of the MAVEN spacecraft from Mars at the end of its mission?

a) 1,000 km

b) 5,000 km

c) 10,000 km

d) 15,000 km


    1.     c
    2.     c
    3.     a
    4.     d
    5.     d
    6.     a
    7.     d
    8.     c
    9.     a
    10.     c

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