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Mars Express, a Mars atmosphere mission

The Mars Express satellite was launched on the 2nd June 2003 with a planned operational lifetime of 1 Martian year. The mission is still active today.

Scientific goals of the Mars Express instrument payload package


  • Global high resolution photo-geology with a resolution of 10m
  • Mapping of mineralogical properties of the global surface of Mars with a spatial resolution of 100m
  • Study of the structure of the subsurface and the permafrost



ESA Mars Express science website

Europe's first planetary mission, Mars Express. Credits ESA - D. Ducros.