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NASA - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Event Timeline
October 14, 2005
Pre-launch Activities 2002 - Aug. 2005 Preparation for the mission, including assembly and testing, and delivery to Cape Canaveral
Launch Aug. 12, 2005 Lift-off from Earth
Cruise Aug. 2005 - Mar. 2006 Voyage through space to Mars
Approach Mar. 2006 Nearing the red planet
Mars Orbit Insertion Mar. 2006 Capturing the spacecraft into orbit around Mars
Aerobraking Mar. 2006 - Nov. 2006 Slowing down in the martian atmosphere and settling into a lower, circular orbit for science-data collecting
Science Operations Nov. 2006 - Nov. 2008 Gathering information about Mars through the day-to-day activities of the orbiter
Communications Relay Nov. 2008 - Dec. 2010 Using the orbiter to communicate with other landed missions
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