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Fraser
2005-Jul-22, 03:03 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's next mission to the Red Planet, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), is in the final stages of preparation for launch. If all goes well, the spacecraft will lift off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas V on August 10, and begin the 7-month journey to reach Mars. MRO is carrying 6 instruments that will probe the planet's atmosphere, surface and subsurface and provide the most detailed examination so far.

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Eric Vaxxine
2005-Jul-25, 03:19 PM
This seems quite a serious piece of equipment.
Hopefully the detail it will provide in images will be very fine. Even more descriptive than some incredible images already released. See Below

http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/e13_e18/im...4/E1401276.html (http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/e13_e18/images/E14/E1401276.html)

antoniseb
2005-Jul-25, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Eric Vaxxine@Jul 25 2005, 03:19 PM
Hopefully the detail it will provide in images will be very fine. Even more descriptive than some incredible images already released.
The article suggests that the best pixel size will be about a meter or two. This will make it able to get nice images of areas that rovers are going into, and also provide good images showing the tracks of where they have been.

The other big goal here is to get detailed maps of places where future landing missions are going to go. In the expected lifetime of this probe, it can only transmit highly detailed images of about 1% of the planet's surface, so they will be pretty selective about where they train the camera.