NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Poised to Arrive at Mars NASA

Odyssey was launched April 7 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Other than our Moon, Mars has attracted more spacecraft exploration attempts than any other object in the solar system, and no other planet has proved as daunting to success. Of the 30 missions sent to Mars by three countries over 40 years, less than one-third have been successful. “The spacecraft, ground system and flight team are ready for Mars orbit insertion,” said Matthew Landano, Odyssey project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “We uplinked the sequence of commands that control the orbit insertion on October 15. Now we will closely monitor the spacecraft’s progress as it approaches Mars and executes the orbit insertion burn.”