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Did you know that in 2006 the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars? The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched from Earth on August 12, 2005 and took about 7 months to reach Mars. The orbiter was designed to study the weather, ice, minerals, strata (or layers of rock), and landforms on Mars. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was designed to only last two years. Remarkably, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is still working! It continues to collect information about Mars as well as help to plan landing sites for future missions to Mars.

We hope that you have an observant day at school. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You!

Bonus Facts:

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter weighs about 4810 lbs and is powered by two solar panels that are about 17.6 feet wide and 8.3 feet high.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is also searching for Mars for signs of liquid water. It also acts as a telecommunication relay for the Mars landers and rovers, transmitting information to Earth.