November 12, 2013

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Passes Data Milestone

NASA reported that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back of 200 terabits worth of data—or to break it down, three months’ worth of non-stop high definition video, since 2006. That figure is more than 3 times the total data returned through NASA’s Deep Space Network for all the other missions managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory over the past 10 years. That’s a lot of data. But maybe it’s because MRO does practically everything! It takes 3D images of the Martian surface, probes underground layers, identifies surface materials, examines cross-sections of the atmosphere, tracks weather and the list goes on and on. The orbiter met all its original mission goals in just 2 years, but has been through three mission extensions.

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