The planet probe Mars Express is the first European space mission, which researched Mars. The probe was started on 2nd June 2003 by Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. The probe, consisting of an orbiter and a lander, reached Mars after the six month flight in December 2003 and circled the red planet from this time. The orbiter should chart the orbit from the surface of the planet and explore atmosphere, structure and geology of the planet. By 2007 Mars Express should send data from neighboring planets to the earth. Poland and the USA are also participants of Mars Express along with the member countries of the ESA. Main contractor for Mars Express was EADS Astrium.
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