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Screenshot from the video 'The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Launch Logistics' The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Launch Logistics
- October 12, 2005

The logistical challenge of getting a mission sent to Mars begins years before liftoff and culminates in the stressful days just prior to launch. This video highlights teams at JPL, Kennedy Space Center and Lockheed Martin working together to prepare for a complex launch amid the ever-changing weather of August in Florida.

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Watch the video 'Mars Global Surveyor Helps Track Changes On Mars' Mars Global Surveyor Helps Track Changes On Mars - September 21, 2005

Recent Changes on Mars Seen by Mars Global Surveyor.

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Watch the video 'Liftoff is Extraordinary!' Liftoff is Extraordinary! - August 12, 2005

The Atlas V launch vehicle lit the morning sky as it rocketed the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on its journey to Mars.

Watch the 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch Videos' Launch Coverage Introduction - August 12, 2005

NASA commentator, George Diller, opens the MRO launch coverage program.

Screenshot from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Animation Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Animation
- August 05, 2005
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Watch the movie 'The Challenges of Getting to Mars - Getting to the Launch Pad' The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Getting to the Launch Pad - August 5, 2005

From one side of the country to the other, through a snowstorm and other delays, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter made its way to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final processing and rehearsals before launch. Hitch a ride on the C-17 cargo plane that carried the next generation of Mars explorers to its final Earth-bound destination.

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Screenshot from the movie 'Mars Time' Mars Time: The Year that Was and the Decade to Come - July 20, 2005

This video chronicles one of the most tense, exhilarating and rewarding years in the history of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, while looking forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead.

Relive the nail-biting wait for Spirit and Opportunity to send word that they were safe on Mars, the excruciating anomaly that temporarily put Spirit out of commission and the exciting news that the rovers' discoveries have profoundly affected our scientific knowledge of the red planet.

Learn more about the decade to come when NASA will visit our neighboring planet every 26 months with innovative, cutting-edge missions primed to further reveal the mysteries of Mars.

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Screenshot from the movie 'Mars on Earth III' Mars on Earth III - July 13, 2005

Join NASA's lead scientist for Mars and Lunar Explorations, Dr. Jim Garvin, on a visit to the Sedan Crater in Nevada. Dr. Garvin uses hands-on examples and demonstrations to explain how studying craters can help us unravel the mysteries of Earth and Mars.

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Screenshot from the movie 'Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections' Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections - June 29, 2005

This animation portrays the unfolding of all three booms making up the antenna for the radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter. The first boom was deployed in May 2005. The other two were deployed in June 2005. The animation is based on calculated simulations of how each boom could have extended itself from the folded position in which it had been stored. Now the instrument is ready to begin its work of looking below Mars's surface for buried features, possibly including water-bearing layers, and examining the ionized layer at the top of Mars' atmosphere. The instrument, Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding, was jointly funded by NASA and the Italian Space Agency. It was developed by the University of Rome, Italy, in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The University of Iowa, Iowa City, built the transmitter for the instrument, JPL built the receiver, and Astro Aerospace, Carpinteria, Calif., built the antenna.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ESA

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Watch the movie 'Opportunity Leaving Martian Sand Trap' Opportunity Leaving Martian Sand Trap -
June 07, 2005

This video shows the Mars rover Opportunity maneuvering out of a martian sand dune between May 11 and June 3. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory worked for nearly five weeks to get Opportunity free. The long-distance roadside assistance was a painstaking operation to free the six wheels of the rover which were stuck up to their rims in the soft sand of the small sand dune. The rover exited the sand dune in the same direction it drove into it on April 26th.

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Watch the movie 'Aerial View of Spirit's Journey' Aerial View of Spirit's Journey -
June 03, 2005

This video clip shows a simulated aerial view of Spirit's journey through the "Columbia Hills" on Mars. The U.S. Geological Survey created the three-dimensional digital terrain model using images from the Mars Orbital Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor satellite. Released June 3, 2005, the route shows the rover's progress from martian day, or sol, 149 (June 3, 2004) through sol 502 (May 31, 2005), at which time the rover had traveled 3.9 kilometers (2.4 miles) since landing on Mars in January, 2004. The video was processed using a method called Incremental Bundle Adjustment developed at Ohio State University, which corrects traverse errors for improved rover positions.


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Watch the movie 'The Challenges of Getting to Mars - Heavy Lifting' The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Heavy Lifting - April 18, 2005

Getting a spacecraft to Mars is no walk in the park - as launch engineers are well aware. But when the spacecraft in question is among the largest ever sent to the red planet, there are specific challenges that must be overcome. Hear from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter team just what it will take to get the mission on its way.

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print screen from 'An Odyssey of Exploration' video An Odyssey of Exploration - March 08, 2005

In this 11-minute movie, the Odyssey orbiter team shares their discoveries and long-term plans to unravel the mysteries of Mars. During Odyssey's successful primary mission, the team found a "buried treasure" of water ice. On Earth, water is a key ingredient for life, and finding the new abundance of ice increases the chances that Mars was once a habitat for life and could support human astronauts in the future. Odyssey continues to create the highest resolution global image maps ever acquired at Mars, as well as maps of what chemical elements are present on the surface of the red planet. Odyssey also analyzes health risks for future human explorers, enables students to take their own pictures of Mars, and relays over 95% of the data from the Mars rovers.

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print screen from 'Spirit on Mars' video Spirit on Mars - February 18, 2005

Look through Spirit's "eyes" during its first 343 sols (days) on Mars. This video highlights images from Spirit's front hazard-avoidance camera during nearly a year's worth of red planet roving.

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print screen from 'Opportunity on Mars' video Opportunity on Mars - February 18, 2005

Look through Opportunity's "eyes" during its first 323 sols (days) on Mars. This video highlights images from Opportunity's front hazard-avoidance camera during nearly a year's worth of red planet roving.

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print screen from 'Spirit and Opportunity: One Year on Mars' video Spirit and Opportunity: One Year on Mars - January 03, 2005
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One Year on Mars: Flash