With a crucially timed firing of its main engines today, NASA's new mission to Mars successfully put itself into orbit around the red planet.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun its final approach to the red planet after activating a sequence of commands designed to get the spacecraft successfully into orbit.
As it nears Mars on March 10, a NASA spacecraft designed to examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit will point its main thrusters forward, then fire them to slow itself enough for Mars' gravity to grab it into orbit.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully fired six engines for about 20 seconds today to adjust its flight path in advance of its March 10, 2006, arrival at the red planet.
Three cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter worked as expected in a test pointing them at the moon and stars on Sept. 8.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully tested its main engines by making a successful trajectory adjustment for reaching the red planet on March 10, 2006.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed one of the first tasks of its seven-month cruise to Mars.
A seven-month flight to Mars began this morning for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The launch vehicle for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been cleared for flight. The launch is scheduled for Thursday, August 11 between 7:50 and 9:35 a.m. EDT.
The MRO launch has been postponed 24 hours. The new launch window is Thursday, Aug. 11 from 7:50 to 9:35 a.m. EDT.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is ready for a morning launch on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will arrive at Mars in March 2006.
Due to the postponed Space Shuttle Discovery landing, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter pre-launch press conference and mission science briefing is today at 1 p.m. EDT, at the NASA News Center, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.
Launch of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7:54 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
NASA Direct, Kennedy Space Center's Internet broadcasting network, is featuring a prelaunch webcast and launch day coverage of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission.
NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit and provide more data about the intriguing planet than all previous missions combined.
A large spacecraft destined to be Earth's next robotic emissary to Mars has completed the first leg of its journey, a cargo- plane ride from Colorado to Florida in preparation for an August launch.
Even as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers complete a year of successful operation on Mars, the next major step in Mars Exploration is taking shape with preparation of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for launch in just seven months
With one very busy year remaining before launch, the team preparing NASA's next mission to Mars has begun integrating and testing the spacecraft's versatile payload.