Images: On a path to Mars

Images: On a path to Mars

Summary: The Mars Global Surveyor should reach the Red Planet in about seven months. It will scan the surface for 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 HRISE camera, which will provide the highest-resolution photos to date.

  • testing

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

  • size chart

    This drawing illustrates that the newest Mars orbiter will be double the size of the satellites currently in operation around the Red Planet. MRO is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and MGS is the Mars Global Surveyor.

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