A US Air Force C-17 cargo plane delivered the Lockheed Martin Corp. built Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft from the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado Friday, a Chinese state run news agency reported.

"Over the weekend, the (MAVEN project) team confirmed the spacecraft arrived in good condition. They removed the spacecraft from the shipping container and secured it to a rotation fixture in the clean room," NASA said in a statement on Monday.

In the next week, the team will re-assemble components previously removed for transport. Further checks prior to launch will include software tests, spin balance tests, and test deployments of the spacecraft's solar panels and booms, NASA said.

According to NASA, the mission will be dedicated to surveying the upper atmosphere of Mars in an effort to understand the role that the loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the climate of Mars.

MAVEN is scheduled to lift off in November to begin a 10-month voyage to Mars. It has a 20-day launch period that opens on November 18.


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