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Saturday, January 19, 2002



Mars Odyssey Going Smoothly

Mars Odyssey.
Mars Odyssey.
Credit: NASA
(CNN) - Mars Odyssey has finished the aerobraking stage of the mission. "Arriving in October after a seven-month trip, the craft used atmospheric drag to slow itself down and change course, a risky procedure that nonetheless saved a considerable amount of precious rocket fuel," said CNN's Richard Stenger. Odyessy should begin it's mission in Febuary, mapping surface composition, looking for water and measuring radiation levels. "Everything went as planned, and the spacecraft is in the place we expect it to be," said Mary Hardin, spokeswoman for JPL. Odyssey is the first probe to Mars since NASA lost 2 others in 1999.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Jim @ 13:52 EST