Lander risks missing Mars trip The New Scientist

The British scientists building the lander they hope will explore the surface of Mars have vowed to have their robotic probe ready for launch, amid concerns over the project’s financial status. The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to launch Mars Express, Europe’s first ever mission to the red planet, in June 2003. This will carry the lander, called Beagle 2, as well as an array of analytical instruments that will be deployed in orbit around Mars.