View Full Version : ESA Will Risk Deploying MARSIS

2005-Sep-11, 12:07 AM
SUMMARY: Engineers at the European Space Agency will go ahead and give Mars Express the command to deploy its MARSIS radar booms during the first week of May. The agency was holding off on this decision because the manufacturer revealed a risk that the spacecraft could be damaged by a whiplash effect when the booms are deployed. Mission controllers have performed computer simulations, and they can't rule out that the spacecraft will be hit by the booms, but they're pretty sure that any damage will be minimal. The MARSIS radar will study the Martian ionosphere and search for subsurface water.

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