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Thread: Discussion: Mars Express is Nearly There

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    SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's mission to Mars, Mars Express, is right on schedule to arrive at the Red Planet on December 25, 2003. The British-built Beagle 2 lander will also reach Mars the same day, but it will be released from Mars Express on December 19. Beagle 2 doesn't have any propulsion system of its own, so it's critical that Mars Express releases it on the right trajectory. It will plunge through Mars' atmosphere, deploy a parachute, and then land on the surface with the help of an airbag. Assuming everything went well, it will then be able to start examining rocks searching for evidence of life.


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    Great christmas present for all the scientists that are waiting eagerly for it to arrive. One thing that makes it different from other landers so far is that it can drill its way down under the surface a good bit to analyze the soil. I'm looking forward to this mission!

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    I too am waiting with anticipation to see what will be found.

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