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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
[Media Source*] It looks like Mars will have a new eye in the sky. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (aka Mr. O) will take stunning pictures of the Red Planet and deliver them back to Earth. Although this should be good for the space geeks out there it is good to note that this satellite will be unmatched as far as spatial resolution goes and may reawaken the spirit to explore Mars again.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration. The orbiter's shallow radar experiment, one of six science instruments on board, is designed to probe the internal structure of Mars' polar ice caps, as well as to gather information planet-wide about underground layers of ice, rock and, perhaps, liquid water that might be accessible from the surface. Phobos, one of Mars' two moons, appears in the upper left corner of the illustration.
More from Space.com News:
Less than two years from now, MRO is tasked to start a series of global mapping, regional survey and targeted observations from a near-polar, low-altitude Mars orbit. It will fly closer to the martian surface than any other orbiter has ever gone.
MRO carries a large set of solar arrays and a huge high gain antenna. "It’s wonderful isn’t it," Graf said, pointing to the dish antenna that measures some 10-feet (3 meters) in diameter -- hardware that will enable the craft to pump out enormous streams of information back to Earth from Mars orbit.
That is good for scientists and photobloggers like me! Selah!
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