Mars Express Orbiter Finally Turns On Deep Ground-Penetrating Radar

Mars Express Orbiter with MARSIS radar antennae unfurled in orbit around Mars. Illustration by ESA.
Mars Express Orbiter with MARSIS radar antennae unfurled in orbit around Mars. Illustration by ESA.


June 23, 2005   Darmstadt, Germany - I learned something amazing today from the Mars Express Orbiter Spacecraft Operations Manager. He is Michel Denis based at the European Space Agency's office in Darmstadt, Germany. I was getting an update about the plans for the deep ground-penetrating radar on ESA's Mars Express Orbiter which was turned on for the first time at 3 p.m. Pacific. The amazing fact I learned was that a month ago on May 7th, the Mars Express Orbiter and NASA's two spacecraft, the Odyssey and the Mars Global Surveyor ­ could have collided!

 

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