Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter During its Mars Orbit Insertion
August 15, 2005
This is an artist's concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during its critical Mars Orbit Insertion process. In order to be captured into orbit around Mars, the spacecraft must conduct a 25-minute rocket burn when it is just shy of reaching the planet. As pictured, it will pass under the red planet's southern hemisphere as it begins the insertion.
Topics: Environment, Space, Spacecraft, Space exploration, artist, Aerobraking, Orbit insertion, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars probe program, Mars landing, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft propulsion, Orbiter