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Mars Express mounted on the Fregat upper stage
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Mars Express mounted on the Fregat upper stage

Mars Express mounted on the Fregat upper stage.
Most of the energy needed to propel Mars Express from Earth to Mars is provided by the four-stage Soyuz/Fregat launcher. The Fregat upper stage will separate from the spacecraft after placing it on a Mars-bound trajectory.

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