Mars probe set for August launch; tasks include tracking weather

07/27/2005 |

The launch of NASA's next Mars probe is set for the morning of Aug. 10. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which weighs nearly 5,000 pounds, will be the largest orbiter NASA has aimed at Mars in the last three decades. The MRO will carry six instruments to track the weather on Mars and measure the planet's composition.

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