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Science instruments are state-of-the-art tools that acquire information about the martian environment. Detailed information on all of Mars Express's scientific instruments can be found at the European Space Agency's web site:

ASPERA (Energetic Neutral Atoms Analyzer) analyzes how the solar wind erodes the Martian atmosphere.

The Beagle 2 Lander was designed to search for evidence of past or present life [More at the European Space Agency's Beagle 2 page]

HRSC (High/Super Resolution Stereo Color Imager) takes accurate and detailed images of the martian surface.

MaRS (Radio Science Experiment), collects atmospheric and surface data through radio transmissions.

MARSIS (Subsurface Sounding Radar/Altimeter) searches for water [More on the MARSIS page]

OMEGA (IR Mineralogical Mapping Spectrometer) maps the surface composition of Mars.

PFS (Planetary Fourier Spectrometer) studies the composition of the atmosphere.

SPICAM (UV and IR Atmospheric Spectrometer), for determining why the martian atmosphere is so oxidizing.

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