Timeline of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Timeline Of The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Timeline of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Timeline for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) lists the significant events of the launch, aerobraking, and transition phases as well as subsequent significant operational mission events; by date and brief description.

Launch and cruise timeline

  • April 30, 2005: the MRO spacecraft was delivered to the launch site.
  • August 9, 2005: the August 10 launch opportunity was postponed because of reliability concerns over the Atlas V's gyroscopes.
  • August 10, 2005: concerns over the gyroscopes were resolved. Launch was scheduled for 7:50 am EST, August 11.
  • August 11, 2005: concerns over weather cause a rescheduling of the launch to 9:00 am EST. Conflicting sensor readings during fueling of the Centaur stage's liquid hydrogen fuel tank could not be corrected in time, causing the launch to be scrubbed and rescheduled for 7:43 am EST August 12.
  • August 12, 2005: at 7:43 am EST, MRO was launched. There were no significant anomalies reported during launch and deployment into interplanetary transfer orbit.
  • August 15, 2005: MARCI was tested and calibrated.
  • August 25, 2005: at 15:19:32 UTC, MRO was 100 million kilometers from Mars.
  • August 27, 2005: the first trajectory correction maneuver was executed. The burn used the same main thrusters that are needed for the orbital insertion maneuver and lasted 15 seconds. A velocity change of 7.8 m/s was achieved.
  • September 8, 2005: MRO completed calibration and testing of the HiRISE and CTX cameras by......
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