Mars’s Gravity Captures NASA Spacecraft

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 10, 2006   View Article

After a seven-month journey, a NASA spacecraft successfully made orbit around Mars today to the relief of Mission Control.

“I am very relieved,” said James Graf, project manager for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

“It was picture perfect. I mean, we could not have scripted something better. As a matter of fact, I think we did script it,” he added.

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