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The Soyuz launcher during transport to the launch pad
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The Soyuz launcher during transport to the launch pad

January 18, 2005
Mars Express will leave Earth for Mars on 2 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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