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Tuesday, May 6, 2003



Mars Express Launch Bumped Up

Soyuz-Fregat Launcher.
Soyuz-Fregat Launcher.
Credit: Space-Launcher.com
The European Space Agency announced today that it is ahead of schedule and will move the launch of the Mars Express orbiter and Beagle 2 lander up to June 2, four days before the minimum launch date set after a fault was discovered in a hard-to-get-to chip. The ESA's first mission to Mars will be carried into space by a Russian Soyuz-Fregat launcher in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

- posted by Brian @ 16:33 EST