Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Nilosyrtis
Date: 10 Dec 2003
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above Nilosyrtis Mensae in this illustration.
NASA plans to launch this multipurpose spacecraft in August 2005 to advance our understanding of Mars through detailed observation, to examine potential landing sites for future surface missions and to provide a high-data-rate communications relay for those missions.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL
Credit: NASA Planetary Photojournal