Sunday, August 14, 2005

Mars probe launches at third try

Nasa's Mars probe has launched after two days of delays, on a mission to map and find water on the Red Planet.

The $720m (£397m) Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) blasted off at 1243 BST (1143 GMT) on Friday after being delayed for two days running.

A launch attempt on Thursday was scrubbed due to a sensor malfunction.

MRO will arrive at Mars in March on a four-year mission; its cameras will send back the clearest images yet of the planet from space.



EDITORIAL: Since the mission has already experienced such bad luck has it been marked for attention by the 'Great Goul of Space' - the entity that some NASSA engineers blame for the disapearance of so many of the Mars probes.


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