The European spacecraft Mars Express
Artist's impression of the European spacecrfat Mars Express.
Discoveries made during previous missions to Mars have shown that, before a climate change about 3000 million years ago, this was a warm and humid planet. Mars Express obtains information about the history of the Red Planet’s climate by carrying out global reconnaissance from orbit. This should clarify questions relating to the existence of water on the planet and how long it was there, if at all. It is hoped that by using comparative planetology, scientists will be able to establish parallels between Mars and Earth, allowing them for example to make more accurate statements about the long-term development of our own planet.
The Mars Express Orbiter's tasks:
The Beagle 2 lander was designed to:
The Beagle 2 landing spacecraft has been declared lost.
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