Mars Express artist's view
January 18, 2005
Mars Express leaves 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.
Topics: Environment, Space, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Fregat, Soyuz-FG, Soviet rockets, R-7, Mars Express, Soyuz, Soyuz programme, Mars, Spaceflight