Unformatted text preview: • April, 2005: MGS became the first spacecraft to photograph another spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth when it captured two images of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft and one image of the Mars Express spacecraft.  • October 1, 2006: Extended mission phase began for another two years.  • November 2, 2006: Spacecraft suffers an error while attempting to reorient a solar panel and communication was lost. • November 5: Weak signals were detected, indicating the spacecraft was awaiting instructions. The signal cut out later that day.  • November 21: NASA announces the spacecraft has likely finished its operating career. • December 6, 2006: NASA releases imagery taken by MGS of a newly found gully deposit, suggesting that water still flows on Mars. • April 13, 2007: NASA releases its Preliminary Report on the cause(s) of MGS' loss of contact. (See External Links for document)...
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- Spring '08
- PADAMSEE, H
- Physics, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey spacecraft, extended mission phase