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Fraser
2005-Sep-21, 06:17 AM
SUMMARY: Unlike its missing passenger, Beagle 2, controllers from the European Space Agency know exactly where Mars Express is - exactly where they want it. The spacecraft is currently on a wide equatorial orbit which brings it as close as 400 km and then out to 188,000 km away from the planet. Engineers are preparing the spacecraft for a further burn of its main engine which will bring the spacecraft into a closer polar orbit around Mars. Once Mars Express modifies its orbit, it will be the best candidate to communicate with the missing Beagle 2; starting January 4, 2004.

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