Scientists hope third-time-lucky for mission to Mars Western Mail

WELSH scientists are playing a vital role in Nasa’s 17th mission to Mars next month. They are hoping it will be a case of third-time-lucky for one of the instruments onboard – the Mars Climate Sounder. Two previous attempts to put this instrument into orbit around Mars have been besieged by troubles, but a team of infra red instrumentation specialists from Cardiff University, led by Professor Peter Ade and Dr Darren Hayton of the School of Physics and Astronomy, believe that this time the instrument, designed and assembled by Nasa JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in Pasadena, California, will get there.