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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s main instrument is a telescopic camera, which will map parts of the Martian surface with unprecedented clarity. Scientists will use the pictures to plot the landing sites for future robotic and manned missions.The pictures and other observations also are providing new data in the search for water on Mars. The observations have helped locate minerals that formed in a watery environment. MRO also carries a radar system that discovered deposits of frozen water below the surface.

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Mars

Mars February 10, 2016

Ongoing Explorations March 3, 2014

Featured Images

Fresh Martian impact crater seen by an orbiting spacecraft in late 2013

Fresh Impact February 7, 2014

High-resolution view of Phobos, moon of Mars

Doomed Moon January 13, 2013

Composite view of Curiosity rover landing and operating on Mars

Drop In, Stay Awhile August 6, 2012

Possible rivulets of water flowing on Mars

Drippy Planet August 8, 2011

Ground and orbital views of Opportunity rover at Santa Maria crater

Looking In February 8, 2011

Radio Programs

Warming Mars Warming up a desert planet February 18, 2012

Moon and Mars Watery oases on a desert world January 11, 2012