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Originally From nasa.gov
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's mission is to see if long-standing bodies of water once existed on the planet. While missions like the Mars Exploration Rovers have shown that water once flowed across the planet's surface, scientists are yet to determine if it was around long enough to provide a habitat for life.
Originally From BBC News
The US space agency Nasa has delayed the launch of its new Mars probe for the second day running.
The $500m Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was due to launch on Thursday, but controllers called a halt just a few minutes before blast-off.
During loading of the hydrogen fuel tank, sensors showed a "dry" reading when they should have been reading "wet". A similar problem forced Nasa to scrub the launch of the space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral on 13 July.