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Rocket carrying Phoenix probe lifts off (pic: Nasa)
Nasa launches a spacecraft on a nine-month trip to Mars, where it will search for signs of past or present life.

MARS NEWS


FUTURE MISSIONS

Engineers test an airbag system that could be used to cushion a European rover's landing on Mars.


MARS EXPRESS AND BEAGLE 2

Scientists behind the UK's ill-fated Beagle 2 Mars mission say a near-identical probe could be used on the Moon.

MARS ROVERS

The chief scientist on Nasa's Mars rover mission mulls whether to send Opportunity on a risky trip into a crater.




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