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Orbiter uncovers 'another new Mars'

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posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 07:41 PM
I find this to be really interesting.We discover something new everyday about Mars.And i would appear the best is yet to come.

(MSNBC)-NASA’s latest spacecraft to orbit Mars has already found new clues to the red planet’s changing environment, and the best is yet to come, mission managers said Monday.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is still weeks away from beginning its planned science mission, but the immense probe has thrilled scientists with initial images and data pointing to a variable polar environment, ancient soaking events that produced clays, and relatively new—geologically speaking—gullies carved into the shadowed rim of a southern crater.

“We have another new Mars,” said Steve Saunders, MRO program scientist at NASA’s Washington D.C. headquarters, in a mission briefing.

“We’re just at the start of our data acquisition period and it’s a little daunting to think that, very soon, we’ll be opening up a fire hose of data from the spacecraft,” Zurek said. “Our appetites are whetted and we’re excited to get started.”

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