Friday, March 10, 2006

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Controllers applaud after NASA orbiter finishes crucial engine burn

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Controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., cheer on Friday after hearing that Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully made it into orbit around the Red Planet.
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Updated: 6:02 p.m. ET March 10, 2006
After a seven-month journey, NASA’s newest Mars spacecraft completed a risky rocket maneuver on Friday to slow itself down and enter orbit around the Red Planet.

Controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., leapt up from their seats and cheered after the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter made the turn around Mars and re-established contact on the other side.

"We're there!" one controller said. Another repeatedly shouted, "Right on the money!" Minutes later, navigators confirmed that the spacecraft was indeed in its proper orbit, sparking another round of applause.

AWESOME! Finally!


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