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2006-03-31 17:19:04

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter yesterday began a crucial six-month campaign to gradually shrink its orbit into the best geometry for the mission's science work. Three weeks after successfully entering orbit around Mars, the spacecraft is in a phase called "aerobraking." This process uses friction with the tenuous upper atmosphere to transform a very elongated 35-hour orbit to the nearly circular two-hour orbit needed for the mission's science observations. The orbiter has been flying...

2006-03-10 18:29:31

By Dan Whitcomb PASADENA, California (Reuters) - A $450 million NASA spacecraft achieved orbit around Mars on Friday, successfully completing a make-or-break maneuver in its two-year mission to scour the red planet for evidence of life and landing spots for future astronauts. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena erupted in loud cheers when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter signaled it had dropped into a perfect orbit around a planet that has defeated...

2006-03-10 14:30:00

By Dan Whitcomb PASADENA, California -- A $450 million NASA orbiter designed to circle Mars for two years, searching for signs of life and scouting possible landing spots for future astronauts, neared its dangerous first rendezvous with the red planet on Friday. The unmanned Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is designed to send back 10 times the data of all previous probes put together, but only if it can successfully slip into orbit around the planet -- a feat that has proven notoriously...

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2006-03-10 16:40:00

LOS ANGELES - A NASA spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Mars Friday, joining a trio of orbiters already circling the Red Planet. Scientists cheered after the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter emerged from the planet's shadow and signaled to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that the maneuver was a success. "Oh I am very relieved," project manager Jim Graf said minutes later. "It was picture perfect." The two-ton spacecraft is the most sophisticated ever to arrive at Mars and is...

2006-03-08 18:05:00

By Dan Whitcomb PASADENA, California -- Jittery NASA scientists waited on Wednesday for the most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet to make its risky final approach to Mars, where it is due to return 10 times the data of all previous probes put together. NASA's unmanned Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has traveled some 300 million miles since leaving Earth in August, was due to enter its most delicate phase on Friday. It will try too ease into orbit around Mars, which has...

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2006-02-24 15:40:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is headed into a perilous phase after a seven-month journey from Earth, aiming to start looping around the Red Planet on March 10, space agency officials said on Friday. If it manages to reach its planned orbit, a process that will take another seven months, the spacecraft could collect unprecedented data about Earth's next-door planetary neighbor, which could help scientists determine where to land the next Mars rovers and...

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2005-08-17 18:10:08

JPL -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched on Aug. 12, has completed one of the first tasks of its seven-month cruise to Mars, a calibration activity for the spacecraft's Mars Color Imager instrument. "We have transitioned from launch mode to cruise mode, and the spacecraft continues to perform extremely well," said Dan Johnston, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter deputy mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The first and largest of four trajectory correction...

2005-08-11 08:59:24

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday postponed the launch of its next Mars probe due to a problem with sensors on the spacecraft's Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket. Liftoff of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was rescheduled for Friday between 7:43 and 9:43 a.m. EDT. Thursday's launch was first delayed by overnight rain that forced the launch team to postpone fueling of the Atlas booster. Then, shortly before the end of two-hour launch window, the flight was canceled for the day...

2005-08-09 15:41:18

MIAMI (Reuters) - NASA has delayed Wednesday's launch of an unmanned spacecraft to Mars because of a technical problem that might affect its launch vehicle, the agency said on Tuesday. The launch of the two-ton Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on top of a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will be postponed for at least 24 hours, said spokesman George Diller. Engineers found a failure in the navigational controls of a similar Atlas V launch vehicle and need to...

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2005-08-10 01:40:00

MIAMI -- NASA has delayed Wednesday's launch of an unmanned spacecraft to Mars because of a technical problem that might affect its launch vehicle, the agency said on Tuesday. The launch of the two-ton Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on top of a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will be postponed for at least 24 hours, said spokesman George Diller. Engineers found a failure in the navigational controls of a similar Atlas V launch vehicle and need to make sure...


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