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read the article 'Stellar Calibration, HiRISE!'
December 27, 2005

The HiRISE camera aboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a glimpse inside "Jewel Box"!
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read the article 'Phobos and Deimos, Prepare to Say 'Cheese!''
December 22, 2005

A small, lightweight camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter could make the precise work of navigators even more accurate!
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read the article 'Mars-Bound NASA Craft Tweaks Course, Passes Halfway Point'
November 18, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully fired six engines for about 20 seconds today to adjust its flight path in advance of its March 10, 2006, arrival at the red planet.
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read the article 'Earthlings Will Get a Better View of Mars'
October 20, 2005

In fall of 2005, Mars will outshine most of the stars in the night sky.
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read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is Already Breaking Records!'
October 19, 2005

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter set the record for interplanetary missions, sending back the most data in a single day!
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read the article 'MRO Faces Huge Solar Flare'
September 27, 2005

You might not often consider forecasts for other planets or stars. After all, they don't affect you, right? WRONG! Solar flares, or sudden bursts of energy from the Sun, can interrupt communication and electricity here on Earth. Guardians of in-flight spacecraft are especially sensitive to volatile solar forecasts since the emissions from our warm star can damage them severely. September 7, 2005 saw the fourth largest solar flare in the last 15 years
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
September 14, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Three cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter worked as expected in a test pointing them at the moon and stars on Sept. 8.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status' Read More
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read the article 'Smooth Sailing'
September 12, 2005

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter began its cruise phase and successfully completed the first two vital tasks.
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read the article 'NASA's Mars Orbiter Makes Successful Course Correction'
August 30, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully tested its main engines by making a successful trajectory adjustment for reaching the red planet on March 10, 2006.
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read the article 'MRO Streaks Across the Sky'
August 30, 2005

Keen sky watchers in Japan caught a quick glimpse of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as it sped through the sky on its path to the red planet.
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read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
August 17, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched on Aug. 12, has completed one of the first tasks of its seven-month cruise to Mars, a calibration activity for the spacecraft's Mars Color Imager instrument.
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read the article 'NASA's Multipurpose Mars Mission Successfully Launched'
August 12, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A seven-month flight to Mars began this morning for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The mission will inspect the red planet in fine detail and assist future landers.
read the article 'NASA's Multipurpose Mars Mission Successfully Launched' Read More
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read the article 'Next Stop, Mars!'
August 12, 2005

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off this morning at 7:43 AM EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The spacecraft is healthy and communicating with ground controllers and the team is overjoyed!
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Mars Orbiter Launch Delay'
August 9, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The launch of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been postponed 24 hours. The new launch window is Thursday, August 11 from 7:50 to 9:35 a.m. EDT.
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read the article 'NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration Ready for Launch'
August 9, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is ready for a morning launch on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The MRO will arrive at Mars in March 2006 for a mission to understand the planet's water riddles and to advance the exploration of the mysterious red planet.
read the article 'NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration Ready for Launch' Read More
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read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch Postponed'
August 9, 2005

Tomorrow morning's launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been postponed by at least one day. At present, liftoff is scheduled for no earlier than 7:50 a.m. on August 11.
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read the article 'Countdown Nears: Final Tests'
August 4, 2005

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft performed an integrated system test with its Atlas V rocket on Monday, August 1, 2005, in the Atlas Vertical Integration Facility.
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read the article 'Last Stop: Launch Pad'
July 29, 2005

JPL launch vehicle manager Arden Acord gives the "thumbs up" as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reaches its final Earth-bound destination – Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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read the article 'Spacecraft Shrouded: Encapsulation'
July 25, 2005

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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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision of Exploration'
July 21, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit and provide more data about the intriguing planet than all previous missions combined. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its launch vehicle are nearing final stages of preparation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for a launch opportunity that begins Aug. 10.
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision of Exploration' Read More
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read the article 'Fueled for Flight'
July 20, 2005

Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter team loaded 1,196 kilograms (2,637 pounds) of fuel onto the vehicle in one of the final steps before launch.
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read the article 'Practice, Practice, Practice: 'Wet Dress Rehearsal''
July 11, 2005

The launch services team at Kennedy Space Center conducted an all-important "wet dress rehearsal" for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission in mid-July, 2005.
read the article 'Practice, Practice, Practice: 'Wet Dress Rehearsal'' Read More
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read the article 'Fairing Preparing for Farewell'
July 8, 2005

This image features the protective fairing that will encapsulate the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter atop an Atlas V rocket. The lively logo celebrates the intense science mission ahead of the orbiter.
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read the article 'Getting Closer to Countdown: Spacecraft Undergoes Readiness Tests'
May 18, 2005

It's no easy task getting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ready for launch. Workers stabilize the crane holding one of the enormous billboard-sized solar panels temporarily removed from the spacecraft prior to rigorous testing. This test is one of many "checkups" the spacecraft must undergo to verify its readiness for launch.
read the article 'Getting Closer to Countdown: Spacecraft Undergoes Readiness Tests' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives in Florida for Final Checkout'
May 2, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A large spacecraft destined to be Earth's next robotic emissary to Mars has completed the first leg of its journey, a cargo-plane ride from Colorado to Florida in preparation for an August launch. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is an important next step in fulfilling NASA's vision of space exploration and ultimately sending human explorers to Mars and beyond.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives in Florida for Final Checkout' Read More
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read the article 'Next Vital Step: Spacecraft Delivery'
April 30, 2005

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was delivered in two large containers from Lockheed Martin to Cape Canaveral on an Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Over the next several months, engineers and technicians will prepare the spacecraft for its scheduled launch in August.
read the article 'Next Vital Step: Spacecraft Delivery' Read More
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read the article 'Rich Zurek and the Mystery of the Disappearing Spacecraft'
April 12, 2005

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will follow clues to where the lost Mars Polar Lander and Beagle 2 might be.
read the article 'Rich Zurek and the Mystery of the Disappearing Spacecraft' Read More
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read the article 'One Step Closer to Launch: Rocket Delivery'
April 1, 2005

Lockheed Martin just delivered the Atlas V rocket to Cape Canaveral! The rocket will now go through a series of tests to ensure it's ready to send Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to the red planet. Lift-off is expected on August 10, 2005.
read the article 'One Step Closer to Launch: Rocket Delivery' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
January 7, 2005
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Even as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers complete a year of successful operation on Mars, the next major step in Mars Exploration is taking shape with preparation of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for launch in just seven months.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status' Read More

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What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?
What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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At the center of this view of an area of mid-latitude northern Mars, a fresh crater about 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter holds an exposure of bright material, blue in this false-color image.
Exposed Ice in a Fresh Crater
At the center of this view of an area of mid-latitude northern Mars, a fresh crater about 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter holds an exposure of bright material, blue in this false-color image.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona




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