Images: Mars or bust

Images: Mars or bust

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

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  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    In this artist's conception of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, note the thin, long pole in the center. That's the SHARAD antenna, which will be able to view liquid or water in up to 1 kilometer of the Mars crust. Also center, covered by blankets, is the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, which will provide the highest-resolution photos to date.

  • testing

    NASA tested the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera while en route to Mars. The camera took this picture of Earth's moon from 6 million miles away. To the naked eye, the moon would appear as a star-like point of light at such a distance. The test verified the camera's focusing capability and provided an opportunity for calibration.

  • preparing the orbiter

    During testing of the craft, workers stabilize the crane holding one of the enormous billboard-size solar panels.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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