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Artist's Concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Global Surveyor Image of Mars

MRO: Following the Water with New Capabilities

Dr. Suzanne Smrekar
JPL, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Deputy Project Scientist
Dr. Richard Zurek
JPL, Project Scientist, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Thursday, December 7 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA

For directions, click here.
Friday, December 8 The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

For directions, click here.

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. PST and run for approximately an hour.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.

Following orbit insertion in March 2006 and a six-month aerobraking campaign, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will have begun an intensive period of science observations lasting two years in a low-altitude, near-circular science orbit. The MRO spacecraft carries a sophisticated suite of instruments whose higher spatial resolutions, extended coverage at current best resolutions, improved signal-to-noise, and complementary exploitation of different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum will provide a wealth of new detail to address many questions of how the Martian climate has changed over time. Of particular interest are the implications of that change for our understanding of the planetary surface and atmosphere that we see today, the role of water during different epochs, and for the habitability of the planet, past or future. The ability of MRO to deploy and operate these instruments in their various observing modes, to coordinate their imaging, and to return the order of magnitude more data that they will generate will enable-as its name implies-a thorough reconnaissance of the planet and a storehouse of data that will be mined for years to come.

To learn more about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, click here.

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