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2006-03-24 17:05:26

JPL -- The first test images of Mars from NASA's newest spacecraft provide a tantalizing preview of what the orbiter will reveal when its main science mission begins next fall. Three cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter were pointed at Mars at 8:36 p.m. PST Thursday, while the spacecraft collected 40 minutes of engineering test data. The cameras are the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, the Context Camera and the Mars Color Imager. "These high-resolution images of Mars...

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...

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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 18:08:08

By Dan Whitcomb PASADENA, California (Reuters) - 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...

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2005-08-12 07:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft blasted off Friday into a golden early morning sky, beginning a mission to Mars to gather more data on the Red Planet than all combined previous missions. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off on an Atlas V rocket on a seven-month journey to Mars. The booster rocket shut down and dropped off into the Atlantic Ocean minutes into the launch. Seconds later, the second-stage rocket engine ignited. "Surveying for the deepest insights into the mysterious...

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2005-08-08 03:25:00

LOS ANGELES -- A year and a half after twin robot rovers thrilled space fans with their hijinks on Mars, NASA is heading there again. A fourth Mars orbiter is set to blast off Wednesday, carrying some of the most sophisticated science instruments ever sent into space. Circling the Red Planet, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will scan the desolate surface in search of sites to land more robotic explorers in the next decade. "It's time we start peeling back the onion layer and start looking...

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2005-07-22 00:50:00

JPL -- NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit and provide more data about the intriguing planet than all previous missions combined. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its launch vehicle are nearing final stages of preparation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for a launch opportunity that begins Aug. 10. The spacecraft will examine Martian features ranging from the top of the atmosphere to underground layering. Researchers will use...

2005-07-12 11:16:43

(Please read in second paragraph "the Roman god of war" instead of "the Greek god of war") A corrected story follows. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - What's the big deal about Mars? Named for the Roman god of war, Earth's next-door planetary neighbor is a relatively small, unprepossessing space rock, except for one fact: there used to be water on its surface, which makes it a good place to look for signs of extraterrestrial life and a fine place for humans to visit. President Bush said...

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2005-07-12 11:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- What's the big deal about Mars? Named for the Roman god of war, Earth's next-door planetary neighbor is a relatively small, unprepossessing space rock, except for one fact: there used to be water on its surface, which makes it a good place to look for signs of extraterrestrial life and a fine place for humans to visit. President Bush said as much on Jan. 14, 2004, in a speech at NASA headquarters that set out a new "Vision for Space Exploration" that makes the return...

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2005-06-02 17:46:07

NASA -- NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander on to the icy ground of the far-northern Martian plains. NASA's Phoenix lander is designed to examine the site for potential habitats for water ice, and to look for possible indicators of life, past or present. Today's announcement allows the Phoenix mission to proceed with preparing the spacecraft for launch in August 2007. This major milestone followed a critical review of the project's planning progress and...


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