It's now been 20 years since NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent surveyors to our neighboring planet, Mars. This "Mars Global Surveyor" (MGS) mission plans to send a satellite to Mars, which can build a comprehensive set of data to aid future missions. As you may already know, the sister mission to MGS, the Mars Pathfinder Mission, has already succeeded in landing on Mars on July 4th 1997. If everything goes well, the MGS is planned to arrive near Mars in September, carrying scientific instruments capable of obtaining data regarding Mars' surface features, atmosphere and magnetic properties, and should complete the mapping of Mars in January 2000.
Below are the various pages related to the MGS, represented by a graphical button followed by some descriptions. If you are using the frames version of this page, you can also navigate with the graphical menu on the left. We invite you to take up the challenge of our quiz after reading some pages, and we hope you would find extra fun in a real-time chat room with people all around the world, or simply exchange ideas and opinions through the message board. Any comment or suggestions about this site is most welcomed, and please drop us an e-mail if you wish.
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|Here you may find some brief information about the separate scientific components of the Mars Global Surveyor. Detailed information and technical specifications are also available.|
|Here you may see some movies about MGS. The launching video, animated flight path and some simulated deployment of some components may be found here. The videos are available in QuickTime format, MPEG format as well as the streaming RealVideo format.|
|Here you may test your knowledge about the MGS through the set of 5 very tricky questions that we produced.|
|Here you may find some of the most frequently asked questions about the MGS mission, spacecraft, flight plan and Mars science. Very interesting facts!|
|Here you may extend your interest about the MGS, where you may communicate and exchange opinions about the MGS with people all around the world! Post your questions and comments here, so that other interested people can discuss and answer your questions, in an experience that was not readily available without the Internet!|
|Here you may subscribe yourself to NASA's Official MGS Status mailing list, and receive regular updates as the MGS flys towards Mars. The projected arrival date is 12 September 1997, so subscribe so that you don't miss out on the latest technological achivements and excitements.|
|Here you may engage yourself in a real time chat room with other people around the world! This extends the capabilities of the Message Board, and you can talk to other people in real-time, without waiting a day or two before somebody replies your message at the message board.|
|Why are scientists particularly interested in exploring Mars? Here you may the questions answered.|
|The so called "Face on Mars" is a hot topic that's discussed over the time. Without too much resources for scientists to go on, (only 9 photos), here you may find some of the theories relating to that picture.|
|Here you may find brief some brief overviews of the MGS.|
|The MGS gets its power from the sun. Click the icon for more information.|
|Here you may find some details about how the MGS communicate with scientists back on Earth.|
|Here you may find information about the Delta Launch Vehicle, the rocket that sent MGS into space.|
|Here you may find the mission itinerary (the mission plans and schedules) for the MGS.|
|Here you may find some details on the electronic parts of the MGS. Note: This is different from the scientific components section.|
|Here you may find some images of the construction and launch of the MGS.|
|This is a mirror copy of NASA's official MGS status report, with new updates published regularly, this is where you can get the latest news about the progress of MGS.|
|Here you may find links to other Mars and MGS related sites.|