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Tuesday, March 18, 2003



ESA's Mars Express Delayed Again

Artist's conception of the Mars Express orbiter.
Artist's conception of the Mars Express orbiter.
Credit: SpaceToday.org
The European Space Agency announced today that its Mars Express orbiter and Beagle II lander would be delayed in its launch from the Russian space facility in Baikonur. Apparently a component inside the already-sealed up spacecraft is faulty, forcing engineers to reopen the spacecraft to replace it.

This minor problem is hopefully the last for the ESA's first ever solo mission to Mars. Mars Express is now slated for launch June 6th. The delay will allow the spacecraft to have more fuel left over at Mars due to differences in planetary orbits.

(More info: New Scientist)


- posted by Brian @ 17:57 EST