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NASA’s next jointly-run Mars mission, MAVEN, has been greenlighted for launch on Monday. But before liftoff can take happen, everything from the weather at Cape Canaveral, Fla. to the smooth running of the spacecraft’s systems must be just so.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will also need a clear path free of orbiting space debris before NASA engineers give the go-ahead for launch as scheduled at 1:28 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 18. Read on.