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

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

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