Detail View: NASA Kennedy Center Media Archive Collection: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center, engineers prepare a second gimbal for installation on a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) solar panel. A gimbal is an appliance that allows an object to remain horizontal even as its support tips. In the PHSF, the spacecraft will undergo multiple mechanical assembly operations and electrical tests to verify its readiness for launch. A major deployment test will check out the spacecraft?s large solar arrays. The MRO was built by Lockheed Martin for NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. It is the next major step in Mars exploration and scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a window opening Aug. 10. The MRO is an important next step in fulfilling NASA?s vision of space exploration and ultimately sending human explorers to Mars and beyond.

Description: 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center, engineers prepare a second gimbal for installation on a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) solar panel. A gimbal is an appliance that allows an object to remain horizontal even as its support tips. In the PHSF, the spacecraft will undergo multiple mechanical assembly operations and electrical tests to verify its readiness for launch. A major deployment test will check out the spacecraft?s large solar arrays. The MRO was built by Lockheed Martin for NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. It is the next major step in Mars exploration and scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a window opening Aug. 10. The MRO is an important next step in fulfilling NASA?s vision of space exploration and ultimately sending human explorers to Mars and beyond.
Release Date: 
05/12/2005
Photo Credit: 
NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Release: 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration John F. Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
facet_what: 
MRO
facet_where: 
California
facet_when: 
05-12-2005
facet_when_year: 
2005
Photo Number: 
KSC-05PD-1005
UID: 
SPD-KSCMA-KSC-05PD-1005
original url: 
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=25789