First Images From MRO

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is successfully in orbit around the red planet and just sent back the first pictures. Nothing too spectacular, the engineers are just testing out the equipment. The photos were taken from an altitude of 2500 kilometers, well above the satellites final orbital height of 300 kilometers, and show some highlands from Mars’ southern hemisphere. Current resolution is about 7 meters per pixel, which is damn good, but the image resolution will be better than 1 meter per pixel in the final orbit.