|Launch Date||April 7, 2001|
|Launch Site||Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA|
|Status||Successful—Extended Mission in Progress|
|Alternate Names||2001 Mars Odyssey, 2001-014A, Mars Surveyor 2001 Orbiter, Mars Odyssey 2001, 26734|
Make global observations of Mars to improve our understanding of the planet's climate and geologic history, including the search for water and evidence of life-sustaining environments.
Still in orbit around Mars, NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft has collected more than 130,000 images and continues to send information to Earth about Martian geology, climate, and mineralogy. Odyssey also served as a communication relay for landers such as the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
Apr. ,7 2001: Launch
Oct. 24, 2001: Mars Orbit Insertion
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7925
Spacecraft Mass: 729.7 kilograms (1,608.7 pounds) total, composed of 331.8-kilogram (731.5-pound) dry spacecraft, 353.4 kilograms (779.1 pounds) of propellant and 44.5 kilograms (98.1 pounds) of science instruments
- Thermal emission imaging system
- Gamma ray spectrometer including a neutron spectrometer and the high-energy neutron detector
- Martian radiation environment experiment