Mars Global Surveyor Mission: Overview and Status

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1671-1672
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1671

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The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft achieved a 45-hour elliptical orbit at Mars on 11 September 1997 after an 11-month cruise from Earth. The mission is acquiring high-quality global observations of the martian surface and atmosphere and of its magnetic and gravitational fields. These observations will continue for one martian year.

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