Riding on Mars Express: Europe’s Fast Track to the Red Planet

Europe is on the fast track to Mars with a boxy little probe and a Martian lander named after a ship that was named after a dog. If all goes well, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its Mars Express spacecraft on June 2, carrying with it the Beagle 2 lander and Europe’s hopes of finding water and evidence of life on another world.