The next orbiter mission to Mars was scheduled to launch on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. Launch actually occurred two days later, in a flawless event that resulted in a healthy spacecraft heading to the Red Planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) carries with it the highest resolution camera yet sent to Mars, enabling objects down to the size of a meter across to be imaged.
Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis