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NASA's Mars Odyssey Breaks Record for Longest Mars Orbit

Photo Courtesy - NASA(PASADENA, Calif.) -- On Wednesday evening, NASA's Mars Odyssey broke the record for a spacecraft serving the longest at the Red Planet. 

Launched in 2001, the probe Wednesday began day 3,340 of its Martian orbit surpassing the record set by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, which orbited Mars from 1997 to 2006.

The Mars Odyssey was part of the first experiment sent to Mars specifically in preparation for human missions. 

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