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14-Jan-02 | Mars Odyssey aerobraking complete

2001 Mars Odyssey has successfully completed the aerobraking phase of its mission. During the past 2-1/2 months, Odyssey dipped into the atmosphere some 332 times, reducing the height of its apoapsis from 15,000 nautical miles to a mere 270 nm. A 244-second thruster burn on 11 January then raised its periapsis out of the atmosphere. Controllers will refine Odyssey’s orbit over the next few weeks before commencing science operations.


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