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“It’s a marvelous vehicle that we expect will serve the Mars Exploration Program and Mars science for many more years to come.”
In addition, the spacecraft—NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)—recently aided preparations for NASA’s next mission to Mars, the InSight lander.
In early 2017, after more than a decade of observing Mars, the Context Camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) surpassed 99 percent coverage of the entire planet.
Meanwhile, the orbiter continues diverse science observations of Mars and communications-relay service for two active Mars rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity.
MRO’s Context Camera (CTX) exploits a sweet spot in the balance between resolution and image file size.
As it stated in
The Ever-Working Mars Orbiter circled 50,000 Orbits
“It’s a marvelous vehicle that we expect will serve the Mars Exploration Program and Mars science for many more years to come.”RelatedBy Evan GoughFeatured, Mars, mars photos, Mars Reconaissance Orbiter, MRO, NASA
So for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), completing 50,000 orbits around the red planet is a big deal.
The CTX is the workhorse camera, and the HiRise is the diva, but MRO actually has a third camera: the Mars Color Imager (MARCI).
It’s presence in orbit around Mars has helped open up our understanding of that planet immensely.
Every day, MARCI takes about 84 images which together create a daily global map of Mars.
As it stated in
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has snapped images of more than 99 per cent of Mars in 50,000 orbits and become the most data-productive spacecraft we’ve ever sent there.
“Single coverage provides a baseline we can use for comparison with future observations, as we look for changes.
MRO made its 50,000th orbit of the Red Planet this week, with its Context Camera continuing to take pictures of the surface as it has done since 2006.
As the camera snaps its images, the observations accumulate into a detailed picture that now covers 99.1 per cent of the planet.
These extra observations also help to certify the safety of potential landing sites for future expeditions to Mars.