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This image features the large Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft being loaded into its protective fairing in the very white cleanroom of the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.  The fairing is open and appears
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Spacecraft Shrouded: Encapsulation

Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility stand by as the first half of the fairing (left) is moved closer to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (right) for installation. The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and flight through the atmosphere. Once in space, it is jettisoned. Launch of the orbiter aboard an Atlas V rocket will be from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in a window opening Aug. 10.

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