The MRO Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has flown 60,000 laps on Mars orbit at 10:39 am Pacific time on May 15. The MRO Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has used its HiRISE camera to capture some interesting images of the surface of Mars. As early as December 2018, the HiRISE camera took a photo of an InSight rover cruising on the surface of Mars. HiRISE is a very powerful camera whose name stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiments. It can take a table-size surface feature on Mars from a 186-mile-high track above the surface of Mars.
In addition to taking high-resolution images, MRO also observes the daily weather on Mars while simultaneously detecting ice on the surface of Mars, providing data that can influence future missions. The MRO also acts as a relay station, sending data from ground spacecraft back to Earth. NASA expects that MRO will reach another milestone, sending 1TB of data to Earth. According to NASA, most of the data comes from Curiosity Detectors.
The MRO has been in orbit for 13 years and tracked the final landing phase of the three landing missions. The spacecraft has been used to detect the landing sites of seven Mars missions and has shot more than 378,000 images. MRO sends data back to Earth every day, and it will pay close attention and surveillance when the Mars 2020 detector landed.