Thank you to everyone who replied to the Doodle poll!
Friday, 22 May, 15:00GMT – 16:30 GMT appears to be the best time slot for the most VMC School campaign participants, so let’s go with that. Go ahead and block that slot in your calendars (as will the MEX team). We’ll post details here in the blog later this week on how to join the #ESAHangout and how to post questions.
Mars Express Spacecraft Operations Engineer Simon Wood adds that, by Friday at 15:00GMT, the command stack that will trigger the VMC observations during ‘your’ three orbits next week should already be on board Mars Express!
Here is Andy’s presentation file, illustrating the typical resolutions of VMC images
Original post below
As part of the #VMCschools public observation campaign, all registered participants – plus those who are thinking of registering – are invited to join the Mars Express mission control team in an #ESAHangout via Google+.
The video hangout will run about 60-75 minutes, and will include a live tutorial covering:
The Mars Express spacecraft and mission
The Visual Monitoring Camera, the ‘Mars Webcam’ – how it works and what it can see and do
Review of possible observation targets on Mars that you can request
The #VMCschools public observation campaign: what/when/how/who, limited number of slots; what you are expected to do
Andy Johnstone Credit: ESA/J. Mai
Mars Express engineer Andy Johnstone, above in the Main Control Room, will be joined by Simon Wood, also on the MEX team, and ESA Mission Analyst Michael Khan, both pictured below; Daniel Scuka will moderate and host.
Michael Khan Credit: ESA/J. Mai
Simon Wood Credit: dpa
In the second half of the #ESAHangout, we’ll respond to questions from the public, giving priority to any submitted by already-registered participants. Questions may be posted as follows: