Spacecraft spotting

Over the years we have become used to the idea of getting pictures of the surfaces of other planets and moons. The last two years has been somewhat a golden age with several successful missions to Mars and Cassini-Huygens to Saturn. Now, NASA have released the first images of one a spacecraft orbiting another planet by another spacecraft. The image below shows the Mars Odyssey spacecraft as seen from Mars Global Surveyor (MGS).

Mars Odyssey seen from Mars Global Surveyor
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS

MGS also managed to take a couple of shots of ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. Mars Express was over 250 km away so detail isn't really visible although it doesn't look too different to the artist's impression.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 22nd May 2005 (15:45 UTC) | Permalink
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