PIA07211: Orbiter's Skeleton
 Mission:  Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
 Product Size:  720 x 540 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Lockheed Martin Space
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA07211.tif (1.079 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA07211.jpg (49.99 kB)

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The structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft is constructed from composite panels of carbon layers over aluminum honeycomb, lightweight yet strong. This forms a basic structure or skeleton on which the instruments, electronics, propulsion and power systems can be mounted. The propellant tank is contained in the center of the orbiter's structure. This photo was taken at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, during construction of the spacecraft.

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NASA/JPL/Lockheed Martin

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