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  2001 Mars Odyssey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Odyssey was launched April 7, 2001 on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and reached Mars on October 24, 2001, 0230 Universal Time (October 23, 7:30 pm PDT/ 10:30 EDT).
Odyssey used a technique called "aerobraking" that gradually brought the spacecraft closer to Mars with each orbit.
Mars Odyssey was originally named the Mars Surveyor 2001 Orbiter and was intended to have a companion spacecraft known as Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mars_Odyssey   (534 words)

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Mars Odyssey is an unmanned spacecraft that launched April 7, 2001.
Its mission is to travel to Mars, establish itself in orbit, and, using spectrometers and imagers, hunt for evidence of past or present water and volcanic activity on Mars.
Mars Odyssey on May 26, 2002 observed the planet Mars with its instruments, and preliminary reports indicated that its gamma ray spectrometer had discovered huge deposits of water ice buried beneath the surface of the planet.
www.informationgenius.com /encyclopedia/m/ma/mars_odyssey.html   (154 words)

 StarDate Online | Solar System Guide | Mars
It is possible that Mars once had an atmosphere somewhat like Earth's, and almost certain that water once covered part of the Martian surface, in rivers, lakes, and perhaps small seas.
Mars begins the year as a moderately bright "morning star" in the southeast at first light.
Mars is at opposition on November 7, when it passes closest to Earth and appears brightest for the year.
stardate.org /resources/ssguide/mars.html   (695 words)

 CNN.com - NASA: Mars Odyssey is in orbit - October 24, 2001
Odyssey will map Mars for 917 Earth days, then serve as a communications relay for future missions to Mars now scheduled for 2003 and 2004, according to NASA.
Odyssey is the first spacecraft to arrive at Mars since two NASA spacecraft were lost in 1999.
Mars Odyssey mission manager Matt Landano, far right, shakes hands with other managers after learning Odyssey had made it into orbit.
archives.cnn.com /2001/TECH/space/10/23/mars.odyssey.arrives   (649 words)

 Odyssey Successfully Enters Orbit Around Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Odyssey dove over Mars' north pole and dipped behind the planet after the burn began, leaving mission team members waiting anxiously.
The Mars Odyssey, which reached Mars after a six-month, 250-million-mile (460-million-kilometer) journey from Earth, is the first mission to the planet since two NASA failures in 1999.
Unraveling the role water played in Mars' evolution and explaining its whereabouts are crucial to the resolution of an even larger puzzle, whether the planet hosts life or once did.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2001/10/1024_wiremarsodyssey2.html   (1053 words)

 USATODAY.com - Mars Odyssey enters orbit around Red Planet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Odyssey arrived nearly directly on its target — 480 miles above Mars' surface — and is slowly moving away from the planet, said mission engineer Guy Beutelschies.
Odyssey's mission to study the makeup of Mars and to search for frozen reservoirs of water faced a critical step with the first and only firing of its engine.
Mars Observer disappeared as it neared the planet in 1993, probably due to a fuel system explosion.
www.usatoday.com /news/science/astro/2001-10-24-odyssey.htm   (635 words)

 NPR's All Things Considered -- Mission to Mars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
When it was time for NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter to settle into its orbit around Mars in September 1999, NASA suddenly lost the spacecraft -- apparently due to a mixup between metric and English measurements.
The surface of Mars, taken by the Pathfinder probe in 1997.
Odyssey is also equipped with an infrared camera that will tell scientists not just what the surface looks like, but what it's made of.
www.npr.org /programs/atc/features/2001/oct/mars/011022.mars.html   (469 words)

The southern hemisphere of Mars is predominantly ancient cratered highlands somewhat similar to the Moon.
Mars' thin atmosphere produces a greenhouse effect but it is only enough to raise the surface temperature by 5 degrees (K); much less than what we see on Venus and Earth.
Mars is a difficult but rewarding target for an amateur telescope though only for the three or four months each martian year when it is closest to Earth.
www.seds.org /nineplanets/nineplanets/mars.html   (2212 words)

 Mars General Circulation Modeling Group @ NASA Ames   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Mars Odyssey was launched on April 7 from Cape Canaveral.
Mar 28, 2000: An independent inquiry commissioned by NASA has determined that the failures in 1999 of the Mars Climate Orbiter, Polar Lander and Microprobe missions were due to inadequate software and systems testing resulting from underfunding.
Mars Network will provide a series of communication orbiters to Mars, and Mars Micromissions is a program with the French space agency (CNES) to deliver small missions (50 kg payload) launched to Mars via piggyback on the Ariane 5 rocket.
www-mgcm.arc.nasa.gov /MGCM.html   (1604 words)

 MarsNews.com :: 2001 Mars Odyssey
The 2001 Mars Odyssey mission was designed to orbit Mars to study the planet's composition, search for water, and measure solar and cosmic radiation.
The Mars Odyssey arrived at Mars in October 2001 and achieved a stable mapping orbit in January 2002.
The probe also carries a Mars Radiation Environment Experiment provided by NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) which tests the space radiation environment and collects data to assist with the planning of future missions sending Human to Mars.
www.marsnews.com /missions/odyssey   (296 words)

 Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have, by now, spent almost two years on the surface of Mars.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched on August 12, and when it arrives at Mars it will search for evidence of water in the martian atmosphere, surface, and subsurface.
With the August 12th launch of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, or CRISM, joins the set of high-tech detectives seeking traces of water on the red planet.
astrobio.net /news/Topic6.html   (756 words)

 Mars Odyssey's Neutron Spectrometer Maps Water-Ice
Mars Odyssey's orbit is such that the entire planet's surface is sampled in four- degree longitudinal increments weekly.
The Mars Odyssey neutron and gamma-ray spectrometers are looking not only for existing water on Mars in the form of water-ice, but also are looking for residue, such as chlorine that would indicate locations of sodium chloride, or salt, that could verify that standing and flowing water once existed on the planet.
The Mars Odyssey neutron spectrometer looks for neutrons generated when galactic cosmic rays slam into the nuclei of atoms on the planet's surface, ejecting neutrons skyward with enough energy to reach an orbiting spacecraft.
www.spacedaily.com /news/mars-odyssey-02e.html   (1270 words)

 NASA - Mars Odyssey Begins Overtime After Successful Mission
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter begins working overtime today after completing a prime mission that discovered vast supplies of frozen water, ran a safety check for future astronauts, and mapped surface textures and minerals all over Mars, among other feats.
Plans call for Odyssey to aid NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, due to reach Mars in March 2006, by monitoring atmospheric conditions during months when the newly arrived orbiter uses calculated dips into the atmosphere to alter its orbit into the desired shape.
Odyssey was launched April 7, 2001, and used the same "aerobraking" technique to shape its orbit during the initial months after it reached Mars on October 23, 2001.
www.nasa.gov /home/hqnews/2004/aug/HQ_04277_mars_odyssey.html   (828 words)

 Mars Odyssey
Mars Odyssey was part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program as reformulated after a series of probe failures.
Mars Odyssey was scheduled to arrive at Mars in October 24, 2001, with the primary science mission spanning January 2002 through July 2004.
Odyssey's telecommunications subsystem was composed of both a radio system operating in the X-band microwave frequency range and a system that operated in the ultra high frequency (UHF) range.
www.astronautix.com /craft/maryssey.htm   (2504 words)

 Mars Odyssey Begins Overtime After Successful Mission
NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Is On Its Way To The Red Planet (April 10, 2001) -- NASA's return to Mars began April 7, 2001 as the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft roared into space onboard a Delta II launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla....
It's "2001 Mars Odyssey" For Nasa's Next Trip To The Red Planet (October 2, 2000) -- As NASA's next spacecraft to the red planet begins a crucial round of testing in preparations for launch next year, the mission has been given a new name: 2001 Mars Odyssey.
Mars 2001 Odyssey Spacecraft Arrives For Launch Preparation (January 8, 2001) -- The first major step toward NASA's return of a spacecraft to an orbit around Mars was achieved late Thursday night, Jan. 4, when the Mars Odyssey spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space...
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2004/08/040826085341.htm   (935 words)

 Mars 2001 Odyssey
A Mars orbiter, launched in April 2001, that is the surviving part of the Mars Surveyor 2001 project.
Its main goals are to gather data to help determine whether the environment of Mars was ever conducive to life, characterize the climate and geology of Mars, and study potential radiation hazards to future astronaut missions.
After a seven-month cruise, the spacecraft reached Mars on Oct. 24, 2001, transferred to a 25-hour elliptical orbit, and then used aerobraking over the next 76 days to achieve a two-hour, 400-km-high circular polar orbit.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/M/Mars2001.html   (197 words)

 BBC News | SCI/TECH | Mars spacecraft success
But the wait for confirmation that Mars Odyssey was in orbit was a nail-biting one.
But project members said Mars Odyssey was among the most scrutinised missions ever launched by Nasa and they were more confident that this time orbital entry would go well.
When Mars Odyssey turns its three scientific instruments towards the planet, it will join another Nasa satellite, the Global Surveyor, which is already at work.
news.bbc.co.uk /hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1616000/1616683.stm   (635 words)

 Mars Odyssey: Home
Odyssey begins working overtime after completing a prime mission filled with discoveries.
Odyssey has taught us what Mars is made of and brought us one step closer to sending the first humans to our neighboring planet.
PDT on May 22, 2004, Odyssey is scheduled to complete her 10,000th science mapping orbit around the red planet.
mars.jpl.nasa.gov /odyssey   (213 words)

 Mars Exploration Rover Mission:
Last week, NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter reached an important milestone: a full Mars year (687 Earth days) of science mapping.
Odyssey, like its predecessor, Mars Global Surveyor, is a valuable asset in the convoy of martian spacecraft NASA continues to send to the red planet.
Today, the Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor orbiters are helping the Spirit rover "talk" to ground controllers at JPL.
marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov /spotlight/spirit/a7_20040111.html   (381 words)

 SPACE.com -- Mars Odyssey Swings Around the Red Planet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Mars Odyssey must fire its main engine for 20 minutes to slip into a correct initial orbit.
The Mars Odyssey spacecraft succeeded Tuesday night in one of the most tricky and critical parts of its mission by slipping into orbit around the Red Planet.
Odyssey is a mission they cannot afford to botch, given the 1999 failures of Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander.
www.space.com /scienceastronomy/solarsystem/odyssey_mars_011023.html   (1101 words)

 2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft - Mapping the Planet
NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey mission will map the amount and distribution of chemical elements and minerals that make up the Martian surface and will also study the planet's landforms.
The Odyssey orbiter will look for hydrogen, most likely in the form of water ice, in the shallow subsurface of Mars.
Odyssey will also serve as a communications relay for U.S. and international landers arriving at Mars in 2003/2004.
www.solarviews.com /cap/craft/odyssey.htm   (158 words)

 Cornell News: Odyssey success aids Rover mission
With him is his graduate student, Amena Siddiqi, who is writing her doctoral thesis on the likely sources of ice on Mars using data from an instrument aboard the successful Mars Odyssey spacecraft.
A critical interpretation of the Odyssey GRS data also will be carried out at Cornell by graduate student Amena Siddiqi who is writing her doctoral thesis on the likely sources of ice on Mars.
The Odyssey GRS team leader is William Boynton of the University of Arizona.
www.news.cornell.edu /releases/Oct01/Mars.Squyres.deb.html   (652 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Mars Odyssey Works"
By 2001, Mars would have long been achieved, and we would already be flying manned missions to Jupiter.
The Mars Odyssey spacecraft journeyed for more than six months before placing itself in orbit around the red planet in October, 2001.
Mars continues to fascinate us, and NASA continues to move forward in its goal of sending a manned mission there within this century.
www.howstuffworks.com /mars-odyssey.htm   (287 words)

 2002 News Releases - NASA's Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Unveils Early Science Results
Odyssey's camera system is studying Mars' surface mineralogy to reveal geologic history.
Measurements made by the martian radiation environment experiment during Odyssey’s cruise phase suggest that the daily dose of radiation experienced by astronauts on their way from Earth to Mars would be more than twice the dose endured by astronauts on the International Space Station.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. Investigators at Arizona State University in Tempe, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, operate the science instruments.
www.jpl.nasa.gov /releases/2002/release_2002_51.html   (500 words)

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