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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

Mars is hell on wheels!

Hard Miles February 28, 2021

Layers of buried ice exposed on a Martian slope

Icy Mars January 14, 2018

Radio Programs

More Moon and Planets Digging up Martian ice January 31, 2017