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Nasa's Mars Odyssey space craft has transformed the way scientists see the Red Planet
April 2001

Nasa's Mars Odyssey space craft is launched on a mission to determine the composition of the Martian surface, detect water and ice and study the radiation environment of Mars.

It carries out the first large-scale geological map of the planet, transforming our knowledge of what Mars is made of.


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