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Mars Express Artists impression
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Mars Express (Artist's impression)

January 17, 2005
Mars Express will be the first flexible mission in the revised ESA long-term scientific programme and is planned to be launched towards Mars in June 2003 with a Soyuz/Fregat launcher. The spacecraft will carry a remote observation payload, as well as a lander communications package to support Mars lander mission from 2003 to 2007.