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July 20, 2007

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status

Engineers are gathering and analyzing engineering data to understand the cause of a software error between NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and one of its instruments. That event, on July 17, caused the spacecraft to turn off two of its science instruments--the Mars Climate Sounder and Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars. The team expects to begin bringing the spacecraft and instruments back to normal operations on Friday, July 20, with normal science operations expected to resume early next week. The spacecraft itself remains healthy and its other science instruments are functioning normally.

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