The main goal of Mars Express is to search for subsurface water from Mars
orbit and drop a
lander on the surface. Seven scientific instruments onboard the orbiting spacecraft
will use remote sensing experiments to shed new light on the
Martian atmosphere, the planet's structure and geology.
Contact with the lander, called Beagle 2
, was lost on the day it entered the Martian atmosphere and has not been restored.
Visit the Mars Express Website