NASA spacecraft makes 60,000 laps around Mars




Who thinks that a holiday trip to France is already a world may themselves sometimes scratch behind his ears. The Mars Odyssey Tuesday 60.000ste its orbit above the red planet – without stopping for a bathroom break or a sandwich at a gas station.

NASA launched the spacecraft in April 2001. The probe, named after the science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, arrived in October that year at Mars. He could not immediately transferred to the action. First, the Odyssey had to be slowed down in the atmosphere of the planet, ‘aerobraking’ hot.

The Odyssey is an oldie. The 376-kilogram colossus floats the longest around the red planet of all probes. Since its launch, the THEMIS camera on Mars Odyssey captured with 208 240 pictures in visible wavelengths and 188 760 in infrared light. “And he goes,” says NASA.

Thanks to the NASA space probe discovered that large amounts of water ice present in the Antarctic. This while scientists thought it to solid carbon dioxide, or dry ice, went. Because of the unexpectedly good operation of the device NASA extended the mission on two occasions.

Today may keep the ‘elderly’ probe its sporty sibling, the fanatical Mars Curiosity trolley, watching you. Curiosity drives through a valley on the way to Mount Sharp, something a probe only captured . Anyway, a “bathroom break” in it for the time being not in Odyssey.


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