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Venus Express, the first European space probe to investigate the planet Venus has completed the development, integration and test phase in Toulouse. Venus Express is being manufactured by EADS Astrium as prime contractor for ESA (European Space Agency).
MARSIS, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding onboard ESA's Mars Express orbiter, is now fully deployed, has undergone its first checkout and is ready to start operations around the Red Planet. With this radar, the Mars Express orbiter at last has its full complement of instruments available to probe the planet's atmosphere, surface and subsurface structure.
MARSIS, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding on board ESAâ€™s Mars Express orbiter, is now fully deployed, has undergone its first check-out and is ready to start operations around the Red Planet.
The second 20-metre antenna boom of the MARSIS instrument on board Mars Express was successfully â€“ and smoothly â€“ deployed, confirmed today by the ground team at ESAâ€™s European Space Operations Centre.
Drilling holes on other planets and inventing novel textiles to secure large structures in space are just two of the 27 challenges that expert teams have been working on in the first year of ESAâ€™s Innovation Triangle Initiative.
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESAâ€™s Mars Express spacecraft, show Coprates Chasma, a major trough in the Valles Marineris canyon system.
Following in-depth analyses performed after the deployment of the first MARSIS antenna boom on board Mars Express, ESA has decided to proceed with the deployment of the second 20-metre antenna boom.
Thanks to a manoeuvre performed on 10 May 2005 at 20:20 CET, ESA flight controllers have successfully completed the deployment of the first boom of the MARSIS radar on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft.
The deployment of the second antenna boom of the Mars Express Sub-Surface Sounding Radar Altimeter (MARSIS) science experiment has been delayed pending investigation of an anomaly found during deployment of the first antenna boom.
During the next couple of weeks, if all goes as planned, the martial arts champion of radar antennas will kickbox its way into space. Weighing in at a mere 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and packing a pyrotechnic punch, the MARSIS antenna will spring into operation in May.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.