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Latest Update

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

  • Latest update
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

    Other orbiters will continue relaying data from Mars surface missions for a two-week period.

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Time in Orbit



  • About the mission
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in August 2005, carries the most powerful camera ever flown on a planetary exploration mission for homing in on details of Martian terrain with extraordinary clarity. While previous cameras on other Mars orbiters were able to identify objects no smaller than a dinner table, this camera is able to spot something as small as a dinner plate. This capability provides not only an astoundingly detailed view of the geology and structure of Mars, but helps identify obstacles that could jeopardize the safety of future landers and rovers.

    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter also carries a sounder to find subsurface water, an important consideration in selecting scientifically worthy landing sites for future exploration.

Mission website ›

Latest Update

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

  • Latest update
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

    Other orbiters will continue relaying data from Mars surface missions for a two-week period.

Full article ›


Time in Orbit



  • About the mission
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in August 2005, carries the most powerful camera ever flown on a planetary exploration mission for homing in on details of Martian terrain with extraordinary clarity. While previous cameras on other Mars orbiters were able to identify objects no smaller than a dinner table, this camera is able to spot something as small as a dinner plate. This capability provides not only an astoundingly detailed view of the geology and structure of Mars, but helps identify obstacles that could jeopardize the safety of future landers and rovers.

    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter also carries a sounder to find subsurface water, an important consideration in selecting scientifically worthy landing sites for future exploration.

Mission website ›