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Posted: Friday, September 29, 2006 11:04 am | Updated: 2:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

University of Arizona scientists will see the results of their out-of-this-world work today, when the most powerful telescopic camera to be sent to a planet sends back its first close-up pictures of Mars.

The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera is aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and was developed by Alfred S. McEwen, a UA professor and the project’s lead investigator.

Because of the camera’s sharpness, scientists working for the National Aeronautics Space Administration will be able to see greater detail of the Red Planet’s surface.

For the first phase of the project, scientists will be using the orbiter to scout potential landing spots for future missions, including the Phoenix Mission led by UA scientist Peter Smith.

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