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Tuesday, September 13, 2006



MRO reaches planned orbit

MRO above mars
MRO above mars
Credit: BBC News
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has finished the final stages of its setting low altitude orbit around the Red Planet. "This maneuver puts us into our science orbit," said Dan Johnston, deputy mission manager at JPL. "Getting to this point is a great achievement." The MRO will hopefully begin studying the surface and atmosphere of Mars in November, after the main antenna is deployed and a lens cap on a spectrometer is removed. The data sent back from the MRO should give Earth its finest look at Mars yet, giving us an even better look at our neighboring planet.

(More info: NASA )


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