NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in August 2005, is on a search for evidence that water persisted on the surface of Mars for a long period of time. While other Mars missions have shown that water flowed across the surface in Mars' history, it remains a mystery whether water was ever around long enough to provide a habitat for life. The orbiter's primary mission ends about five-and-a-half years after launch, on December 31, 2010.
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
One of six science instruments on MRO, the HiRISE camera is designed to image the surface at up to five times the resolution currently available. Includes scientific goals, instrument components, technical papers, and available photos.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mission official site. Features mission updates, goals overview, spacecraft details, and data.
NASA - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Includes a mission overview, spacecraft views, current status, and highlights.
BBC: Probe spies landers on Red Planet
Images of US landing craft on Mars are taken by the probe. (December 06, 2006)
BBC: Nasa's Mars orbiter
Explains why this mission is different from previous ones. (March 10, 2006)
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