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Wednesday, November 23, 2005



Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Halfway to Mars

Illustration of the MRO
Illustration of the MRO
Credit: CNN
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter fired its engines for 20 seconds to adjust its flight path. The MRO is expected to reach Mars orbit in March. After a few more maneuvers, the MRO will join 3 other orbiters around the Red Planet. The orbiter has the highest resolution camera yet sent to Mars. It will also continue the search for water, using some of the most sophisticated instruments ever sent. It will also act as another communications relay for the MER's and future missions. The mission is slated to last 4 years, but scientists believe it could go for 8, until its fuel runs out.

Thanks to Tim for bringing this to our attention.

(More info: CNN)


- posted by Jim @ 9:11 EST