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2005-Jun-03, 03:54 PM
MOC's 200,000th Image (http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/2005/06/03/index.html)

On 17 May 2005, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) acquired its 200,000th image since the spacecraft began orbiting Mars on 12 September 1997.
This image marks a milestone for the Mars Global Surveyor mission, which has returned nearly four times the number of images of both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 orbiters, combined, in the late 1970s. An additional point of comparison, the two Viking camera systems returned about 70 Gbytes of data; MOC thus far has returned 365 Gbytes (after decompression).

Just remember, faster-better-cheaper was a total failure.... :roll:

2005-Jun-03, 04:42 PM
I didn't think MGS was on the "faster-better-cheaper" program. Didn't that "paradigm" come later in the '90's, after MGS? I thought MGS was built under the "old" hi-rel, hi-qual, rules NASA had in place for decades.

2005-Jun-03, 05:36 PM
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) was launched in 1996 and was the first Mars mission to employ some tenets of Faster-Better-Cheaper (FBC).

- http://www.house.gov/science/young_041200.htm

2005-Jun-04, 01:02 AM
MOC's 200,000th Image (http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/2005/06/03/index.html)

The contours inside the crater are interesting.

Just remember, faster-better-cheaper was a total failure.... :roll:

Faster-better-cheaper was a sucess. To fast and cheep without adequate independent review and double checking was not. Cheap is good so long as the cost savings are not achieved by sloppy work. Cheap should be achieved by adequate planning, using already developed technology, showing restraint in not trying to put in every instrument you can think of on the probe, etc.