Just Released New Images of Mars by NASA.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched August 12, 2005, was on a search for evidence that water persisted on the surface of Mars for a long period of time. While other Mars missions have shown that water flowed across the surface in Mars’ history, it remains a mystery whether water was ever around long enough to provide a habitat for life. After a seven-month cruise to Mars and six months of aerobraking to reach its science orbit, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter commenced its survey. They zoomed in for extreme close-up photography of the martian surface, analyzed minerals, looked for subsurface water, traced how much dust and water are distributed in the atmosphere, and monitored daily global weather.
In its survey of the red planet, Mars Reconnaissance increased tenfold the number of spots surveyed close-up. One of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s cameras was the largest ever flown on a planetary mission and able to spot something as small as a dinner table. Its imaging spectrometer looked at small-scale areas about five times smaller than a football field, at a scale perfect for identifying any hot springs or other small water features. It also tested the use of a radio frequency called Ka-band,which demonstrated the potential for greater performance in communications using significantly less power. The orbiter’s primary mission ended about five-and-a-half years after launch, on December 31, 2010.
These are a few of over a thousand high quality photographs that were recently released by NASA.
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