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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter During its Mars Orbit Insertion
06.20.05
This is an artists concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during its critical Mars Orbit Insertion process.

This is an artist's concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during its critical Mars Orbit Insertion process. In order to be captured into orbit around Mars, the spacecraft must conduct a 25-minute rocket burn when it is just shy of reaching the planet. As pictured, it will pass under the red planet's southern hemisphere as it begins the insertion.

Image credit: NASA/JPL

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