Panorama looking west over the Plains of San Augustin. In the hazy distance we could faintly see the radio dishes of the Very Large Array.
MRO - windy! Median winds: 40mph! Dorm & control rooms are downwind of prevailing winds.
Secondary mirror - with a hexapod actuator between mirror and support for automated collimation.
Nasmyth focus. During delivery testing only a 'small' CCD camera is mounted.
Mirror cell uses 96 pneumatic actuators for axial support.
Baffle for tertiary mirror is not in place. Lead engineer says nasmyth focus setups are hard to baffle well.
Spider vanes are 1/4 inch thick.
Tertiary mirror is monolithic.
Fans blow air across mirror face for cooling to improve local seeing.