Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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I am the Eye in the (Martian) Sky

Mars Global Surveyor has photographed Mars Odyssey. They're in similar orbits, so it was only a matter of time - but it's still a neat achievement.

Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey are both in nearly circular, near-polar orbits. Odyssey is in an orbit slightly higher than that of Global Surveyor in order to preclude the possibility of a collision. However, the two spacecraft occasionally come as close together as 15 kilometres (9 miles).



It's the first time one spacecraft has photographed another outside of the Earth-Moon system.
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