MRO Successfully Enters Orbit Around Mars

By | March 10, 2006

MRO Successfully Enters Orbit Around MarsSee photo.

March 10 ? The most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to Mars slipped into orbit around the planet on Friday after successfully firing braking rockets and maneuvering itself into position while pleased controllers monitored from Earth.The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, a large robotic spacecraft crammed with six scientific instruments, performed all of its programmed maneuvers on schedule to complete the crucial step of stopping at Mars and not careering off into space. …
The spacecraft began its 310 million-mile journey to Mars last Aug. 12 when it left Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard an Atlas rocket. – NYTIMES

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