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NASA Successfully Launches the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 08:26 AM
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After a delay on Wednesday, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was successfully launched this morning. The four-year mission will gather more information on Mars than ever before, and pave the way for a future rover mission. NASA scientists will be "following the water" in their search for microbial life that may have existed at one time on Mars.
 



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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- 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 evolution of Mars!" NASA commentator George Diller said after liftoff. The launch came just three days after space shuttle Discovery completed its mission.

Circling the planet for at least four years, the orbiter is to provide unparalleled information on Mars' weather, climate and geology, which could aid possible future human exploration of the Red Planet.


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The equipment on this probe is the most sophisticated so far. Hopefully with this large telescope camera they will be able to determine the history of how the water once flowed on Mars. This could lead to determine if it was fluid long enough for life to begin.

At a mission cost of $720 million dollars, I think it will be worth the knowledge that there was once life on Mars.

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posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 02:29 PM
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It seems people were interested in this mission on this related thread.

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