Fwd = Scientists To Test Mars Water-Seekers In Egyptian Desert
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Original Subject: Scientists To Test Mars Water-Seekers In Egyptian Desert
Original Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 08:49:34 -0700 (PDT)
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Scientists to test Mars water-seekers in Egyptian desert
CAIRO (AFP) Sep 03, 2001
Cairo has given the go-ahead for French-based scientists to use the Egyptian
desert to test sophisticated water-seeking probes before blasting them into
space in the race to find water on Mars.
"After laboratory work, we now want to study the performance of our
prototypes on terrain which matches the surface of Mars as closely as
possible," said Egyptian astronomer Essam Heggy, involved in the project.
The Netlander system, composed of four land-penetrating radars, will be put
to the test in the Western Desert near Siwa in February 2002, ahead of plans
to send it to Mars in 2007 on board an Ariane-5 rocket, Heggy told AFP.
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