As the European Mars lander Beagle 2 speeds toward the surface
of the Red Planet, the lander's mothership, Mars Express, completed
a critical orbital insertion maneuver Saturday, designed to put it
It apparently worked.
"Everything went normally and took place in a good atmosphere,"
European Space Agency spokesman Bernard von Weyhe said. "We are
looking forward to getting Mars Express into final orbit."
A Boeing Delta II rocket successfully deployed a Global
Positioning System (GPS) IIR-10 satellite for the U.S. Air Force
Liftoff of the Delta II occurred at 3:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch
Complex 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (FL). The deployment
sequence was completed in 68 minutes at 4:13 a.m.