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Tuesday, June 3, 2003



Mars Express Lifts Off

Mars Express lifts off.
Mars Express lifts off.
Credit: ESA/Starsem-S.Corvaja
The hopes of many Europeans and others are riding on the spacecraft now heading to Mars. Today, or yesterday in Kazakhstan, the Mars Express successfully launched and will hopefully arrive on December 25 or 26.

If the mission is successful, it will be a huge achievement for the Europeans. Not only is it the first mission to another planet by Europe, but it also is the cheapest, and one of the quickest missions ever developed, thanks largely to the reuse of other mission equipment.

(More info: Discovery Channel, New Scientist, Florida Today)


- posted by Brian @ 17:56 EST