View Full Version : Discussion: Mars Odyssey Goes into Overtime

2004-Aug-26, 04:53 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has now completed all of its assigned scientific duties, so controllers are letting it get some extra credit. The spacecraft was originally tasked with mapping the surface of Mars, and searching for various substances, including water - it found huge deposits of water ice just a few metres under the surface. Odyssey will now be continued to at least September 2006, giving controllers another Martian year (686 Earth days) to watch how the planet changes through the seasons. The spacecraft will also be able to assist the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, due to reach the planet in March, 2006.

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2004-Aug-26, 06:27 PM
great mission :)

2004-Aug-26, 10:16 PM
This is good. This is a VGT (Very Good Thing). Extra credit is what every artificial satellite deserves. Plus, mission control can always give a new command to Odyssey, getting it to do certain tasks, such as extra monitoring, rover communications, or pointing anywhere else away from the Martian surface, atmosphere and natural satellites. This is good. Plain as clear paper.