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Images Dated 8th August 1996

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Artists impression of Mars Global Surveyor Featured 8 Aug 1996 Print

Artists impression of Mars Global Surveyor

Mars Global Surveyor. Artist's impression of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft in orbit around the red planet'. After launch in November 1996, MGS will cruise on a direct trajectory to Mars, then enter a highly elliptical orbit. It will then use aerobraking (dipping into the upper atmosphere on each pass) to slow down and to circularise the orbit. By March 1998 it will start a two-year mapping and observation mission. One of its cameras will resolve details just 3 metres across. MGS will perform five of the seven tasks assigned to the defunct Mars Observer mission, and will act as a radio relay for Russian and US landers

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