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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits


Mars images

The Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of Mars since 2006. This animation shows, at one frame per month, how these observations have accumulated to cover more than 99 percent of Mars.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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