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Mars Express lift off
- Title Mars Express lift off
- Released 02/06/2003 10:43 pm
- Copyright ESA/STARSEM-S. CORVAJA 2003
The Soyuz FG-Fregat vehicle carrying Mars Express, ESA's first probe to the Red Planet, lifts off from launch complex no.31, in Baikonour, Kazakhstan, at 17:45:46 UT on June 2, 2003. The Euro-Russian Starsem joint-venture provided the launch.
Mars Express, consisting in a 1,223-kg orbiter carrying the 71-kg Beagle 2 lander, is scheduled to enter orbit around Mars on December 26, 2003. This is Europe's first own planetary mission.
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