View Full Version : Mars Express Changes Its Orbit

2005-Sep-21, 03:45 AM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's Mars Express completed a major orbit maneuver, bringing the spacecraft from an equatorial orbit to a polar orbit around Mars. The spacecraft's main engine was fired for four minutes. Now that it's in a polar orbit around Mars, the spacecraft will be able to begin its scientific analysis of Mars, using its MARSIS radar to search up to several kilometres under the surface for reserves of water and ice. Mars Express will fly directly over the Beagle 2 landing site on January 7, 2004 and attempt to communicate with it.

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