Wed 4 Jun, 2003 08:45 am
Why did the European Space Agency launch the "Mars Express" probe in a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur? Why didn't they launch it on an Ariane rocket from the ESA pad in French Guiana?
The Soyuz rocket is a modified Soyuz that was built by Starsem. Starsem is a Euro-Russian consortium owned jointly by Arianne, Aerospatiale and TsSKB Samara.
If I heard corretly the 1st two stages of the Mars Express Launch rocket are true Soyuz, the 3rd stage is Arianne and the 4th stage was built by CASA of Spain.
I was reading a thread at an Irish webs site last night about this project, and there are some links there which might interest those who want to know something of the Beagle mission:
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I thought it easier to post a link to the thread, rather than bring all the links over here.
Here's a link to another interesting thread at the same site:
She tends to natter on after the first post, but that first post has an interesting story to tell . . .
Some questions are answered, perhaps, on the ESA-website:
ESA - Mars Express