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Fraser
2005-Dec-07, 06:39 AM
SUMMARY: Europe's mission to Mars continues with the next crucial step of Mars Express' journey out of the way. The clamps holding Beagle 2 tightly during launch were released over the course of 30 minutes on Thursday morning. If this phase had malfunctioned, Mars Express wouldn't have been able to release Beagle 2 when they reached Mars, ending the mission before it had begun. The spacecraft is expected to arrive at Mars in late December.

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