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Mars Express has been in orbit around the Red Planet for almost eight years

Mars Express has been in orbit around the Red Planet for almost eight years


Date: 30 October 2011
Satellite: Mars Express
Copyright: ESA / Alex Lutkus

Mars Express lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz/Fregat launcher on 2 June 2003. It entered orbit around Mars on 25 December that year and reached its operational orbit in January 2004. The nominal mission duration was one Martian year (687 Earth days) and was completed in September 2005. The mission has since been extended five times; the current extension is until 31 December 2014.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
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