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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.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will study the surface of Mars for water, including this meteor impact crater in the Newton Basin where frost can be seen on the walls and sand dunes on the floor.