TES NEWS Volume 3, Number 4, November - December 1994


After 1996, the next launch "window" for trips from Earth to Mars opens in 1998. Russia is looking at sending a rover to the Red Planet in 1998. Japan has announced plans for Planet B, which will launch in August 1998 to study the upper atmosphere of Mars starting in October 1999. The U.S. is moving ahead with a request for proposals to send a lander and orbiter to Mars in 1998 under the Mars Surveyor program. The orbiter would carry one or both the Gamma Ray Spectrometer (GRS) or Pressure Modulator Infrared Radiometer (PMIRR) that were on the lost Mars Observer. The GRS project is headed by a team at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The U.S., Russia, France, and other partners are also looking at combining their 1998 missions into a scheme called "Mars Together." The spacecraft would reach Mars in late 1999 and include a French-built balloon to float in the martian atmosphere.

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Edited by: K. S. Edgett

Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program / edgett@elvis.mars.asu.edu