Mars mission officials confident of successful arrival by Odyssey spacecraft AP

The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft is on target to orbit the Red Planet next week and erase the stigma of back-to-back mission failures, NASA officials said Thursday. “I expect nothing less than a bull’s-eye the night of Oct. 23” when the spacecraft fires its main thruster and slips into orbit, said David A. Spencer, Odyssey’s mission manager, at a press conference at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.