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Fraser
2005-May-09, 04:51 PM
SUMMARY: Controllers with the European Space Agency have deployed the first of Mars Express' MARSIS radar booms. During the operation, however, they detected an anomaly with one of the 13 segments that make up the telescoping boom - segment 10 hasn't fully locked into place. Controllers are going to hold off extending the second boom until they can figure out what's happening with the first. Once fully deployed, the MARSIS radar will allow Mars Express to map the subsurface of the Red Planet, searching for underground reservoirs of water.

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antoniseb
2005-May-09, 05:06 PM
I'm hopeful that they will figure out what the problem is. I'd like to know the things that MARSIS will tell us.

Waspie_Dwarf
2005-May-09, 11:11 PM
We've waited more than a year for these booms to be deployed I guess we'll just have to wait a little more.

Eric Vaxxine
2005-May-10, 03:01 PM
Will they be surveying all of Mars?
(ie Cydonia, where underground linear structures have been discovered by thermal imaging)
Or is this just a selective 'Polar' or 'Equitorial' mission? Does anyone know?

Nereid
2005-May-15, 02:24 AM
Originally posted by Eric Vaxxine@May 10 2005, 03:01 PM
Will they be surveying all of Mars?
(ie Cydonia, where underground linear structures have been discovered by thermal imaging)
Or is this just a selective 'Polar' or 'Equitorial' mission? Does anyone know?
Yes (http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=31023) - except that "Orbital Inclination: 86.3o", so you may miss a few hundred km^2 at the poles :P