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Deep and Crisp and Eaten: Scotland's Deep- Fried Mars Bar
Scotland has had a reputation as the home of the deep-fried Mars bar for many years. Researchers Dr Mark Petticrew, from the University of Glasgow, and Dr David Morrison had never actually seen them for sale but after a recent mention by Jay Leno, host of NBC's Tonight Show they set out to find if it is myth or fact. View News Article (2004-12-17)

Earth Microbes May Contaminate the Search for Life on Mars
Bacteria common to spacecraft may be able to survive the harsh environs of Mars long enough to inadvertently contaminate Mars with terrestrial life according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. View News Article (2010-04-28)

Beagle 2 Information Note: The Beginning of Beagle 2's Lone Odyssey
Image Advisory: The Beginning of Beagle 2's Lone Odyssey Following the successful separation of the British-built Beagle 2 spacecraft and the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter earlier today, ESA has released the first images of the small lander as it begins its lone voyage to the surface of the Red Planet. The images, taken with the Visual Monitoring Camera on board Mars Express, show... View News Article (2003-12-19)

Claritas Fossae tectonic region on Mars
These Mars Express images show Claritas Fossae, an ancient tectonic region on Mars, west of Solis Planum, a tectonic and volcanic area south-east of the Tharsis volcano group. The images were taken by the High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on Mars in orbit 68 from an altitude of 271 km. The images are centred at 255.7° East and 30.9° North. North is on the left. The above 3D image... View News Article (2004-03-31)

ESA sets the date for Mars Express launch
Just before midnight on 2 June (23:45 local time, 19:45 CET) a Soyuz rocket operated by Starsem will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and Mars Express will be on its way. The spacecraft was given the green light to launch following completion of a successful flight readiness review on 3 May. The Mars Express launch window opens on 23 May and lasts only four weeks. However, just before the... View News Article (2003-05-05)

Possible evidence found for Beagle 2 location
The news that Beagle 2 may have been spotted on the surface of Mars in the immediate vicinity of where it was expected to land was welcomed by the European Space Agency. View News Article (2005-12-22)

Astronomers hunt Martian water from Earth
As Mars makes its closest approach in almost 60,000 years, two Australian astronomers have used the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii to look for signs that the planet once had liquid water - and so may have hosted life. Dr. Jeremy Bailey of the Anglo-Australian Observatory and the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) at Macquarie University in Sydney, and Sarah Chamberlain,... View News Article (2003-08-26)

Mars Express: no signal from Beagle 2 so far
ESA's Mars Express orbiter made its first attempt to establish contact with the Beagle 2 lander, after the two spacecraft separated on 19 December 2003. The orbiter made its first pass over the Beagle 2 landing site today at 13:13 CET, but could not pick up any signal from the tiny lander. More attempts to contact Beagle 2 are planned in the days to come. Beagle 2 was released on 19 December... View News Article (2004-01-07)

Mars Express has the sophisticated science to find the water ice on Mars
"The presence of such a large amount of water ice under Mars`s surface is very surprising. Especially so close to the surface!" says Gerhard Schwehm, Head of the Planetary Missions Division at ESA. The team working on ESA`s Mars Express, the next mission to the Red Planet, is thrilled by NASA`s Mars Odyssey detection of hydrogen-rich layers under the Martian surface. This hydrogen indicates the... View News Article (2002-05-30)

A little bit of Ferrari takes off to the Red Planet !
ESA PR 52-2002. What is the fastest Ferrari`s distinctive red paint has ever travelled? Next year it will be 10800 km/h! Mars Express, to be launched in May/June 2003, the first European spacecraft to visit the Red Planet, will be speeding on its way accompanied by the very essence of Ferrari: a sample of its distinctive red paint. Mars has always fascinated us here on Earth. The European Space... View News Article (2002-07-22)

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