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This image is an artist's concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during its orbit insertion.  At the center is the spacecraft's large circular high-gain antenna, followed by its immense solar panels and then the boxy main bus.  At the rear of the spacecraft bus, the main engine fires, producing a vaporous white puff.  The view is from above, looking down on the spacecraft as it makes its way under the southern hemisphere of the red planet, characterized by its icy polar cap.
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The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during its Mars Orbit Insertion

This is an artist's concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during its critical Mars Orbit Insertion process. In order to be captured into orbit around Mars, the spacecraft must conduct a 25-minute rocket burn when it is just shy of reaching the planet. As pictured, it will pass under the red planet's southern hemisphere as it begins the insertion.

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