The next major step in Mars Exploration is taking shape with
preparation of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for launch in just
seven months. The orbiter is undergoing environmental tests in
facilities at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colo., where its
Atlas V launch vehicle is also being prepared. Developments are on
schedule for a launch window that begins on Aug. 10. USGS Astrogeology
is involved in the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE).