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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  • 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.

  • double the size

    This drawing illustrates that the newest Mars orbiter will be double the size of the satellites currently in operation around the Red Planet.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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