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NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully performs orbital insertion

  1. Mar 10, 2006 #1

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    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.
     
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    Was it soppsed to go on the farside of mars?Wouldn't they knew it lost contact?
     
  4. Mar 10, 2006 #3

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  6. Mar 10, 2006 #5

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    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.
     
  7. Mar 10, 2006 #6

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    Two way communications successful. MRO is in orbit!

    This is great news!
     
  8. Mar 10, 2006 #7

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    GREAT! And the success rate is going up again. :biggrin:
     
  9. Mar 10, 2006 #8

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    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

     
  10. Mar 11, 2006 #9

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    Great news. I love the work people at NASA do.
     
  11. Mar 11, 2006 #10

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    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?
     
  12. Mar 11, 2006 #11
    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.
     
  13. Mar 11, 2006 #12

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    I figured it would be something like that, but 8 months??? That's awfully cautious.
     
  14. Mar 11, 2006 #13
    You do pay taxes right?
     
  15. Mar 11, 2006 #14

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    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.
     
  16. Aug 30, 2006 #15
    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.
     
  17. Aug 30, 2006 #16
    " Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully performs orbital insertion"

    I think I need a shower now!
     
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