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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mar. 10, 2006, 4:30 p.m. Briefing -- Audio Clips
A recording of the full briefing will be replayed 24 hours a day until Mar. 17, 11:59 p.m. Toll free: 800-518-0083. International callers: 402-220-9088.

On Friday, March 10, about two hours after Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter entered orbit around the red planet, a news conference was held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The mission will gather more data about Mars than all previous Mars missions combined. More information on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is at www.nasa.gov/mro and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/mro .

CUT 1 - FOR PRODUCTION PURPOSES, NATURAL SOUND OF MISSION CONTROL AT JPL WHEN THEY RECEIVED CONFIRMATION THAT THE SPACECRAFT HAD ENTERED ORBIT AROUND MARS.
Running time: :21
OUT: "CHEERING FADES…"14 COPY"
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Transcript of CUT 1:
"All stations on MRO cord, MRO 8, at this time all antennas have locked up on 2-way or 3-way. All stations on MRO cord, this is Nav MSA….We have 2-way Doppler and MRO is in orbit around the planet Mars"…..followed by cheering and clapping…..14 copy."

CUT 2 - MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER FLIGHT SYSTEMS MANAGER HOWARD EISEN OF JPL SAYS THE SPACECRAFT LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY HAD GOOD FORTUNE.
Running time: :27
OUT: "QUITE EXCITING"
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Transcript of CUT 2:
"Everyone's asked me how come we were all so calm this morning, and there's two easy answers to that. The first one is last night a bunch of us got together and opened up fortune cookies. And my fortune, which I have right here, we had them laminated this morning, says "a thrilling time is in your immediate future." (laughter) That one certainly came true. And the second reason is our team we have a very professional, very dedicated team that's been working for five years to make today a reality."

CUT 3 - MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER PROJECT SCIENTIST DR. RICH ZUREK OF JPL SAYS NOW THAT THE SPACECRAFT IS IN ORBIT AROUND MARS, HE'S WAITING FOR THE FINAL ENGINEERING WORK SO HE CAN BEGIN THE SCIENCE STUDIES.
Running time: :11
OUT: "HALF AN HOUR"
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Transcript of CUT 3:
"After five months of aerobraking, we'll be able to do what we set out to do in a low circular orbit just 190 miles above the surface of Mars, to see Mars in a way that we haven't been able to see it before."


Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mar. 10, 2006, 9 a.m. Briefing-- Audio Clips

CUT 1 - FOR PRODUCTION PURPOSES: NATURAL SOUND OF THE LAUNCH OF MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER FROM CAPE CANAVERAL , FLORIDA , ON AUGUST 12, 2005 .
Running time: :41
OUT: ROCKET SOUND ENDS
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Transcript of CUT 1:
"T minus10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition, and liftoff of the Atlas 5 rocket with MRO surveying for the deepest insights into the mysterious evolution of Mars. This audio is followed by ground controller dialogue, mixed with rocket sounds"

CUT 2 - MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER FLIGHT SYSTEMS MANAGER HOWARD EISEN OF JPL SAID THE SPACECRAFT IS HEALTHY AS IT APPROACHES MARS.
Running time: :21
OUT: "ISSUES WHATSOEVER"
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Transcript of CUT 2:
"I'm very excited about what's going to happen today. I'm very happy to report that at the current time, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is safe and stable with fully charged batteries pointing at the Earth in full communication with us. We have good gyroscopes and a good star tracker and the flight teams in both Denver and here in Pasadena are working no issues whatsoever"

CUT 3 - NASA'S MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR DOUG MC CUISTION SAYS THE TEAM IS HOPING FOR A GOOD DAY THAT WILL KICK OFF A SUCCESSFUL MISSION.
Running time: :24
OUT: "QUITE EXCITING"
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Transcript of CUT 3:
"After a six-month cruise, 300-million miles plus, we're finally there. It's a great feeling. I can't wait also for the scientists in a few months to be able to take control of the orbiter and see what we find. They're gonna be like a bunch of kids with a new microscope, I think, being able to look at things they haven't seen before. And I just can't wait to hear all the wows coming from the science community, it will be quite exciting."

CUT 4 - MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER LEAD MISSION PLANNER ROB LOCK FROM JPL SAYS THE TEAM WILL BE NERVOUS RIGHT AFTER THE SPACECRAFT BEGINS THE BURN TO PUT IT INTO ORBIT AROUND MARS.
Running time: :07
OUT: "HALF AN HOUR"
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Transcript of CUT 4:
"We will move behind the planet of Mars, and all our radio signals will stop, and we won't be able to see the spacecraft for about half an hour."


Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mar. 8, 2006 Briefing at JPL -- Audio Clips

A recording of the full briefing will be available 24 hours a day until Mar. 15, 11:59 p.m.
Toll free: 866-470-7053 ; International callers: 203-369-1487


CUT 1– FOR PRODUCTION PURPOSES: NATURAL SOUND OF THE LAUNCH OF MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER FROM CAPE CANAVERAL , FLORIDA , ON AUGUST 12, 2005 .
Running time: :41
OUT: ROCKET SOUND ENDS
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Transcript of CUT 1:
"T minus10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition, and liftoff of the Atlas 5 rocket with MRO surveying for the deepest insights into the mysterious evolution of Mars. This audio is followed by ground controller dialogue, mixed with rocket sounds"

CUT 2– MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER PROJECT MANAGER JIM GRAF OF JPL SAYS HE AND HIS TEAM ARE BRACING THEMSELVES FOR A NERVOUS HOME STRETCH, AS THE SPACECRAFT MAKES IT FINAL, SPEEDY APPROACH TO MARS. MARS ORBIT INSERTION IS TRADITIONALLY A VERY RISKY TIME. GRAF SAYS THEY'RE VERY WELL-PREPARED.
Running time: :23
OUT: "BE SUCCESSFUL"
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Transcript of CUT 2:
"We have a very good spacecraft. It's been performing extraordinarily well. We have an excellent, well-trained team that's ready to go forward. So I am both concerned because I have to be as a project, a good project manager, you have to be. But I'm also confident that we've done the right things and we've got the right people in place to be able to be successful."

CUT 3– MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER PROJECT SCIENTIST, DR. RICH ZUREK FROM JPL, OFFERS ONE REASON WHY PEOPLE ARE FASCINATED BY MARS.
Running time: :10
OUT: "ON MARS"
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Transcript of CUT 3:
"Mars of all the other planets in the solar system, is the most Earthlike, the most likely that if life developed elsewhere in the way that it did on the Earth, that would be on Mars."




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