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Originally posted by SkinWalker
Didn't this already happen in 2003 ?
I mean Mars and it's closest approach in a century?
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
SkinWalker and The Block,
Check out the link that I provided in my first post.
The event being discussed is this year.
Here is the link again.
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
Here you go...
"Mindful of that, NASA plans to launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on August 10th, 2005. Because it takes 6+ months to reach Mars, the best time to start the trip is a month or so before closest approach--thus, August. MRO will arrive in March 2006, enter orbit, and begin a 2-year mission to map the red planet in greater detail than ever before.
The spacecraft's high-resolution cameras will be able to discern objects, such as rocks and rovers and crashed Mars landers, less than 1 meter across. A radar sounder will probe for underground water while spectrometers map the distribution of surface minerals. Other instruments will monitor the atmosphere, teaching researchers back on Earth how to forecast martian weather. These are key elements in NASA's plan to eventually send humans to Mars."