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Mars research' interest

Ever since time immemorial, people have paid much attention to planet Mars. Astrologers of ancient civilizations were fascinated by the planet’s red colour. In various mythologies, Mars symbolized fire and war.

Space exploration in the 1960s lead to a mayor breakthrough in our knowledge of Mars.

The Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) was formerly involved in several missions, whether successful or less successful, such as Kepler, Phobos, Mars 96, ISO, and observation campaigns from the Caucasus.

BIRA-IASB is currently engaged in Mars Express and Exomars.

BIRA-IASB scientists also apply 3D computer models of the Martian atmosphere to interpret space mission data and to obtain a more profound understanding of e.g. the formation of water ice clouds on Mars. This research occurs in collaboration with York University in Toronto.

Mars, observed at a distance of
5.000.000 km


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