# NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully performs orbital insertion

• NASA
Staff Emeritus
Gold Member

## Main Question or Discussion Point

This just in:

They just re-aquired signal with the MRO after it went around the far side of Mars.

They are waiting to ensure it is in the correct orbit right now.

## Answers and Replies

Related Aerospace and Astronautics Engineering News on Phys.org
Was it soppsed to go on the farside of mars?Wouldn't they knew it lost contact?

Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
enigma said:
Does it have sound

Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
scott1 said:
Was it soppsed to go on the farside of mars?Wouldn't they knew it lost contact?
Yes,

It had to go around to the far side for the orbital insertion. The fact that they re-established communications on time meant that the insertion was a success.

They have lost 2 of the 4 missions they've sent there in the last 15 years during orbital insertion.

Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
Two way communications successful. MRO is in orbit!

This is great news!

Ivan Seeking
Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
GREAT! And the success rate is going up again.

Astronuc
Staff Emeritus
scott1 said:
Was it soppsed to go on the farside of mars?Wouldn't they knew it lost contact?
Yes, it is supposed to go behind Mars since it is traversing the ecliptic. It pretty much went according to plan. They just have to sit tight and hope it functioned as planned - and it did.

On Cue, Spacecraft Glides into Orbit Around Mars
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5257061

All Things Considered, March 10, 2006 · Mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., burst into applause as the Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives safely to Mars. Only about two-thirds of NASA's Mars missions have survived. The spacecraft is supposed to gather more information about Mars than all previous missions combined.

-Job-
Great news. I love the work people at NASA do.

FredGarvin
I heard that we have to wait until November before there is any real data sent back. Why so long? Does that time frame include NASA going thru it and scrubbing it before public release?

FredGarvin said:
I heard that we have to wait until November before there is any real data sent back. Why so long? Does that time frame include NASA going thru it and scrubbing it before public release?
That's not that long compared to how long it took gailo,voyger and some probes to there planets.I think NASA trying to be carful they probally don't want to go on tv and say "The $2billon prob crashed" there probally just to craful. FredGarvin Science Advisor scott1 said: That's not that long compared to how long it took gailo,voyger and some probes to there planets.I think NASA trying to be carful they probally don't want to go on tv and say "The$2billon prob crashed" there probally just to craful.
I figured it would be something like that, but 8 months??? That's awfully cautious.

FredGarvin said:
I figured it would be something like that, but 8 months??? That's awfully cautious.
You do pay taxes right?

Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
They have to aerobrake it into the final orbit. I'm just guessing, but they probably don't want to deploy the scopes until they're done with that phase.

piqueen314
MRO Primary Science Phase- Begins in Nov.

The data from MRO will not be available until November because Mars will be in opposition and NASA will lose/have limited communication with the spacecraft before Nov.

" Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully performs orbital insertion"

I think I need a shower now!