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2005-May-12, 05:03 PM
SUMMARY: After a brief glitch last week, the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has successfully deployed the first of its MARSIS booms to its full length. The 20 metre (66 foot) boom is composed of 13 segments, but one joint didn't fully lock into place. Controllers turned the cold side of the boom into the Sun, which heated it up, and forced it into place. With the first boom complete, controllers will extend its two additional booms within a few weeks, so Mars Express can begin searching for underground sources of water.

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John L
2005-May-12, 06:11 PM
What form will the MARSIS results take? Will it be images, or just some raw data that only a scientist will understand. Will they overlay the MARSIS data over Mars maps, or what?

Either way I'm looking forward to the results. I'm especially interested in whether that ice berg image they took actually has water under it or not.

2005-May-12, 10:05 PM
Good news for the ESA. First Hyugens which was mostly a smashing success and now so far, so good on this key experiment.

2005-May-16, 01:52 PM
a way of detecting water under a planets surface? i think its possible that there is
6 out of 10 chnace of there being water ;)