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Sunday, March 26, 2006

This is just a test.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was inserted into orbit on March 10, and has returned its first test images. Apparently, it's working--resolution is 8 feet per pixel. But wait, there's more! After 6 months of aerbraking, and descent to its science orbit, resolution will drill down to 11 inches. That gives us ample capability to spot any pesky Martians who might be tampering with our stuff or endangering future human exploration of the planet. ((That's what this program is really all about.))

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