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Friday, March 10, 2006

[BREAKING NEWS] Mars Orbiter Enters Mars Orbit

NASA received yet another bit of good news this afternoon when its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) successfully entered Mars orbit. The news is significant because during "orbit insertion" of Mars, two NASA spacecraft have been lost.

MRO will spend two years orbiting the Red Planet, observing the surface and atmosphere over a Martian year. At the end of its primary mission, MRO will remain in orbit to serve as a relay between Earth and other visiting spacecraft.