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The NASA 2001 Mars Odyssey Mission has an ambitious and somewhat romantic goal: to transport an orbital satellite to Mars that will revolve around the planet and systematically map the planetary surface. NASA scientists will use the data collected to chart the unseen record of water that once lingered on Mars' surface in the hope of finding clues to the possibilities of life on the Red Planet (past or present). The Mars Odyssey orbiter was launched on 7 April 2001 on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and reached Mars on 24 October 2001. The science mapping mission began in February 2002 and will continue through August 2004 (over a full Martian year). The spacecraft will also serve as a communications relay for U.S. and international spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2003 and 2004. Famous electronic music and film composer Vangelis (full name Evangelos Papathanassiou) decided to celebrate the mission by combining his life-long fascination with mythology, science and space exploration to create an ambitious "choral symphony" entitled "Mythodea: Music for NASA's Mars Odyssey mission" - a combination of the words "myth" and "ode." The composition links the present day "adventure" of the Mars Odyssey Mission to the myths and legends of Ancient Greece, in particular Homer's Odyssey. This is a monumental composition, featuring Vangelis' electronic instruments combined with a full orchestra and chorus as well as containing significant parts for two sopranos. In terms of compositional style, it links in his early arrangements of Greek folk songs (Odes and Rapsodies) with his "symphonic" compositions such as Mask and Soil Festivities together with his recent experience writing for a soprano (Montserrat Caballe) in his A Tribute to El Greco.

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