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2005-12-20 05:25:00

By Kate Holton LONDON -- The scientist behind the lost 2003 Beagle 2 mission to Mars said on Tuesday the craft may have been spotted in NASA pictures which indicate the project very nearly worked. Beagle 2, named after the ship Charles Darwin sailed in when he formulated his theory of evolution, was built by British scientists for about 50 million pounds ($90 million) and taken to Mars aboard the European Space Agency's orbiter Mars Express. It was due to land in a crater on the red planet in...

2005-12-20 04:10:00

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The British scientist behind the lost 2003 Beagle 2 mission to Mars said on Tuesday the craft may have been spotted in Nasa pictures which indicate the project very nearly worked. Beagle 2, named after the ship Charles Darwin sailed in when he formulated his theory of evolution, was built by British scientists for about 50 million pounds ($90 million) and taken to Mars aboard the European Space Agency's orbiter Mars Express. It was due to land in a crater on...

2005-11-30 17:55:00

University of Iowa Space Physicist Don Gurnett and his UI colleagues report that a scientific instrument aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft is working perfectly and that its data have so far revealed that Mars' ionosphere -- part of the upper atmosphere -- is very lumpy and complex, and that the instrument can "see" hidden craters and thick layers of ice beneath the planet's surface. Gurnett's findings were scheduled for presentation in the Thursday, Dec. 1...

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2005-11-30 12:12:05

ESA -- For the first time in the history of planetary exploration, the MARSIS radar on board ESA's Mars Express has provided direct information about the deep subsurface of Mars. First data include buried impact craters, probing of layered deposits at the north pole and hints of the presence of deep underground water-ice. The subsurface of Mars has been so far unexplored territory. Only glimpses of the Martian depths could be deduced through analysis of impact crater and valley walls, and by...

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2005-11-17 07:41:58

ESA -- The Mars Express radar, MARSIS, has now been deployed for more than four months. Here we report on the activities so far. For the operational period up to now, Mars Express has been making its closest approaches to Mars predominantly in the daytime portion of its orbit. The MARSIS radar's scientists are mainly collecting data about the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere, or "Ëœionosphere', which is the highly electrically conducting layer that is maintained by...

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2005-11-09 06:05:00

ESA -- The European spacecraft Venus Express has been successfully placed into a trajectory that will take it on its journey from Earth towards its destination of the planet Venus, which it will reach next April.A virtual twin sister of the Mars Express spacecraft which has been orbiting the Red Planet since December 2003, Venus Express is the second planet-bound probe to be launched by the European Space Agency. Venus Express will eventually manoeuvre itself into orbit around Venus in order...

2005-11-09 06:55:00

By Bernhard Winkler DARMSTADT, Germany -- Europe's first space probe to Venus blasted off on Wednesday on a mission to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday -- after a two-week delay. Scientists and technicians applauded and...

2005-11-09 05:26:58

By Bernhard Winkler DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday on a mission that aims to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday -- after a two-week delay. The Venus Express will...

2005-11-09 03:50:00

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday, on a mission that aims to shed new light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday, two weeks after its scheduled launch. The Venus Express will travel through space for around 163 days and once captured...

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2005-11-08 10:10:00

BERLIN - Scientists were counting down Tuesday for the blast off of a Russian booster rocket carrying a European-built probe aimed at exploring the hot, dense atmosphere around Venus. The launch of the European Space Agency's Venus Express probe is planned for 10:33 p.m. Tuesday EST (0333 GMT Wednesday) at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Venus Express was originally scheduled to go up on Oct. 26, but had to be postponed after checks revealed a problems with the thermal...


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