February 03, 2005
Time to Find out Who's Cleaning the Rovers Off

Aviation week is carrying this detailed article about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, due for launch this August. Boasting cameras with resolutions several orders of magnitude greater than anything before, it has the potential to "rival compositional data collected at some sites visited by the Spirit and Opportunity rovers directly on the surface." Except since the MRO is in orbit, it moves a lot faster, and the chances of it falling into a pit are, shall we say, greatly reduced.

Arrival is scheduled for ~ 18 months after launch, so here's to hoping for a great '07 exploration season!

Posted by scott at February 03, 2005 02:31 PM

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