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In this image, in the center, is the large white, protective fairing bearing both the red, white and blue NASA 'meatball' logo and the very colorful mission logo.  The fairing sits atop the large Atlas V rocket that will launch it out of Earth's atmosphere, toward Mars.  The inside of the vertical integration facility is very industrial looking with large steel beams, tubing and service stairways.  There is a tube attached to the fairing that provides air conditioning to the spacecraft. Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch Postponed - 08/09/2005
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Technicians and engineers dressed from head to toe in blue coveralls (called 'bunny suits') prepare the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's large, black high-gain antenna (that resembles a satellite dish) to be mated with the body of the spacecraft.  The bus of the spacecraft with nearly all of its instruments in place, sits just to the left of the people pictured.  Parts of the orbiter are covered in gold, shiny thermal blanketing.  Facing directly upward is the spacecraft's huge Hi-RISE camera covered in black protective blanketing. Preparations at Kennedy Space Center - 08/08/2005
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A group of eight engineers and technicians dressed in white and blue cleanroom coveralls and bonnets (called 'bunny suits') stand and watch as the large, boxy bus of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is lifted by a large, white mechanism.  The bus is covered in protective, gold thermal blanketing. Assembly, Test and Launch Operations Phase - 08/08/2005
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In this image, a Caucasian man wears a white, protective suit in a cleanroom.  His face is mostly covered and his hands are gloved.  He is working on the CRISM instrument for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.  The instrument sits on a slanted aluminum-like board covered with yellow Kapton tape - a low-static tape safe for using in cleanrooms and near or on instrumentation. Preparing Instruments - 08/08/2005
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This image features the large Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft being loaded into its protective fairing in the very white cleanroom of the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.  The fairing is open and appears “halved.”  The inside of the fairing appears grooved;  grooves at the top are white, while the lower grooves are black with grayish horizontal lines.  Only the left half is visible in this image, with the spacecraft in front of it, slowly being moved inside of it.  The spacecraft is stowed – its giant solar panels at its sides like folded wings.  The large high-gain antenna dish sits atop the spacecraft, facing upward.  In the right background of the photo, technicians and engineers covered completely in white cleanroom suits supervise the operation. Spacecraft Shrouded: Encapsulation - 07/25/2005
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This image features the large nose cone that will protect the Mars Reconnaissance Spacecraft before and during launch.  The white structure’s larger, lower cylinder is capped by a cone-shaped piece.  The colorful Mars Reconnaissance logo adorns the side.  The logo background is black and dotted with simulated stars.  The cartoon spacecraft is 'conducting science' and is featured with brightly colored swirls that simulate the spacecraft’s orbit around the planet Mars.  Within the logo, the swath of the HiRISE camera is simulated and that swath echoes the cone shape of the fairing itself.  A person dressed in light blue cleanroom attire (called a 'bunny suit') stands in front of the fairing, which is nearly four times his or her height. Fairing Preparing for Farewell - 07/08/2005
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Looking like the mouth of an enormous great white shark, a white and blue Russian cargo plane is opened to reveal the large Centaur upper stage engine that will blast the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to Mars.  The large cylindrical engine is covered in a protective white tarp and is being carefully marshaled off the plane and down a bright yellow ramp by a team of technicians.  The bright blue sky, streamed with wispy clouds is in the background along with a line of brilliant green trees. Bringing the Blast: Upper Stage Rocket Arrives at Kennedy Space Center - 06/15/2005
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In this image, workers wearing blue coveralls (called 'bunny suits'), white hair bonnets and face masks work on the immense Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in a large, white cleanroom at NASA’s  Kennedy Space Center.  On the left side of the image the technicians and engineers are removing one of the large solar panels, about the size of a billboard.  On the right side of the image is the spacecraft itself, a large portion of which is covered in protective gold and black thermal blanketing.  Multiple cords, used for power and testing, hang from the massive spacecraft bus. Getting Closer to Countdown: Spacecraft Undergoes Readiness Tests - 05/18/2005
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Image of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Taking Shape Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Taking Shape - 08/09/2004
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