Mars Express
21 Sep 2009



Mars Express was an ESA mission to study Mars. It included a lander, Beagle 2, which failed. The Mars Express Orbiter was successful, gathering data on Mars' atmosphere, surface and subsurface.

A spacecraft over the surface of Mars.

Mars Express

​​Credit: Alex Lutkus

RAL Space Involvement

Analyser of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms 3, Beagle 2, Mars Express Payload Operation Service


Planetary Exploration

Main Objectives

Looking for water and past or present life on Mars.

Launch Date

2 Jun 2003


ESA, DLR, IAS, Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Rheinishes Institut für Umweltforschung, LATMOS, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali​, NASA, CNES, ASI, ISAS, DNV, Kongsberg, CAPTEC, Astrium, AEA, DOWTY, DERA, TELDIX, EADS, TTE, INTESPACE, STARSEM, Alcatel Espacio, CRISA, CASA, Finavitec, Saab Ericsson Space, TERMA, TNO, Nexans, LEGOICA-B, Austrian Aerospace, Contraves, ALENIA, Officine Galileo.

Further Information


For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries