Destination: Mars

In the "four-pack" to the Red Planet

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Massive departure to Mars: Our neighboring planet is now receiving more visitors than ever before: just five different spacecraft were originally scheduled to arrive between December 2003 and January 2004. Including the first European Mars mission "Mars Express".

Just in time for Christmas, "Beagle 2", the land probe of the "Marsexpress", lands on the Red Planet. At the beginning or end of January, the two NASA probes follow the "Mars Explorer Rover" mission. Since 1998 is also a Japanese space probe, "Nozomi" on the way to Mars. It was supposed to reach the big rendezvous at the end of December 2003, but had to be taken off course because of a fault in the on-board electronics. There were only four ...

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Nadja Podbregar
As of: 20.12.2003