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NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The spacecraft will orbit Mars and study the planet's upper atmosphere.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.

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The Maven spacecraft is due at Mars next fall following a journey of more than 440 million miles.

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