Spacecraft down to its final orbit by January 11.
Mars Express Lowers Its Orbit Again.
The European Space Agency's Mars Express performed another five minute burn of its engine to change its orbit around the Red Planet. The lowest point of its orbit is now 250 km, and the high point is 40,000 km. Two more maneuvers are scheduled which will bring the spacecraft down to its final orbit by January 11. Mars Express will be in position to help search for Beagle 2 very soon. Teams from Beagle 2 and Mars Express are working through various scenarios that could explain why the lander went missing.
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