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Newest Nasa Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

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The first demonstration of NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter's capability to relay data from a Mars surface mission, on Nov. 6, 2014, included this and other images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network—a radio aboard the MAVEN orbiter custom-designed for data links with robots on the surface of Mars—handled a copious 550 megabits during its first relay of real Mars data.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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