Images: Mars or bust

Images: Mars or bust

Summary: The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will study the Red Planet for evidence of water.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    NASA's $450 million Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter neared its dangerous first rendezvous with the Red Planet on Friday.

  • Position of the planets

    This image shows the relative position of the planets in the inner solar system and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's location within that context.

  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter operations team

    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in August on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet to search for water. The orbiter is twice the size and packs better technology than any previous probe sent to Mars. This is also the first spacecraft to use "aerobraking," a six-month process where the craft uses friction from the planet to settle into its final orbit.

    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter operations team prepares for the spacecraft's final approach to Mars, which is expected to take place Friday.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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