Status Report

Mars Express Retargeting complete

By SpaceRef Editor
December 21, 2003
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Mars Express Retargeting complete
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At 11:50 CET [1050 UTC], flight controllers at ESOC confirmed the success of a
crucial repointing manoeuvre, setting Mars Express on its final course for Mars
Orbit Insertion.

Yesterday, in order to send Beagle 2 on its way to a Mars landing, Mars Express
first had to be steered onto a collision course with the planet.

Today’s manoeuvre successfully redirected the spacecraft away from Mars, back to
a point 400 kilometres above the surface, where it is due to enter orbit early
on Christmas Day.

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* Mars Express overview

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Related links

* Beagle 2 lander homepage

The Mars Express orbiter is being retargeted to avoid collision with Mars.

SpaceRef staff editor.