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Fraser
2003-Dec-17, 05:05 PM
SUMMARY: Mars Express has got just one chance to get this right. In two days the Beagle 2 lander will separate from the spacecraft; next stop, Mars. Beagle 2 has to be traveling at exactly the right trajectory so that it hits the Martian atmosphere at the right angle so that it doesn't burn up or skip off into deep space. This trajectory would crash Mars Express into the Red Planet, so after it lets go of Beagle 2, it has to change its own trajectory to go into a safe orbit.

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Littlemews
2003-Dec-18, 01:54 AM
;) I hope Mars Express won't encounter with some kinda Mars Dust Storm while landing :lol: