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Artists impression of Mars Express in orbit around Mars
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Artist's impression of Mars Express in orbit around Mars

January 18, 2005
Mars Express will leave Earth for Mars in late May or early June 2003 when the positions of the two planets make for the shortest possible route, a condition that occurs once every twenty-six months. The intrepid spacecraft will start its six-month journey from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan onboard a Russian Soyuz/Fregat launcher.


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