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In 2005, NASA plans to launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This orbiting spacecraft will take the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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 Artist concept of the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft
Mars Global Surveyor
Launch: November 7, 1996
This orbiter has studied the entire martian surface, atmosphere and interior, and has returned more data about the red planet than all other previous Mars missions combined.
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 Artist concept of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft over mars
Mars Odyssey
Launch: April 7, 2001
Odyssey is an orbiting spacecraft designed to determine the makeup of the martian surface, to detect water and shallow buried ice, and to study the radiation environment.
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 Artist concept of a Mars Exploration Rover
Mars Exploration Rovers
First rover launch: June 10, 2003. Second rover launch: July 7, 2003
Two rovers, working on opposite sides of Mars, successfully completed their primary mission in April 2004. As of November 2004, both rovers are now in extended missions.
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 Aritst concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Launch: August 12, 2005
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will take the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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 artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter approaching Mars
Podcast: Approaching the Red Planet
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter nears its March 10 arrival at the red planet.
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 artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover
Podcast: Mars Rover Update
Part 2 of an interview with rover scientist Dr. Steve Squyres.
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 Mars Rover Update with Dr. Steve Squyres
Podcast: Mars Rover Update with Dr. Steve Squyres
Part 1 of an interview with rover scientist Dr. Steve Squyres.
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 Two Moons and the Pleiades from Mars
Moons of Mars
NASA's Spirit rover photographed the two moons of Mars.
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 dust devil on Mars
Dust Devils on Mars
NASA's Spirit rover has been seeing dust devils, a weather phenomenon also seen on Earth, in Gusev Crater.
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 Mars Exploration Rovers
One Year on Mars
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 View from Opportunity on Mars
Rover Images
See all the images from Spirit and Opportunity.
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 Jeff Fabretto reporting on Mars news
Flight Director Reports
Rover flight directors take your questions about the rovers.
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