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10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has formed an internal review board to look more indepth into why NASA's Mars Global Surveyor went silent in November 2006 and recommend any processes or procedures that could increase safety for other spacecraft.
After 8 years of relaying pictures, topographic maps, magnetic field data, and compositional information from above the Red Planet, NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft appears to have called it quits.
Brian O'Leary, an ex-Apollo scientist who trained as an astronaut, and Tom Van Flandern, a former US Navy astronomer, claim that other pictures taken by the Mars Global Surveyor show tracks and vegetation.
The Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, which has orbited the Red Planet since 1997, has captured images of two other emissaries from Earth.
Close-up photos from orbiting Mars Global Surveyor clearly show gullies--trenches chiseled by water--that were probably formed by liquid water seeping right beneath the Martian surface, explains NASA researcher Michael Malin.
It's bizarre and that's part of its appeal,'' said Ingersoll, a Caltech professor of planetary science and a member of the Mars Global Surveyor camera team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mars Global Surveyor trains its hi-resolution camera on the Red Planet to spy the Spirit rover some 250 miles below.
Our prime mission ended in early 2001, but many of the most important findings have come since then, and even bigger ones might lie ahead," said Tom Thorpe, project manager for Mars Global Surveyor at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.