Mars Express orbit Credit: ESA

Keeping MEX warm

Details, register to attend or watch live: Mars Express - Open Data Day 28 October 2016

The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope for radio astronomical research at metre wavelengths. GMRT is a very versatile instrument for investigating a variety of radio astrophysical problems ranging from nearby Solar system to the edge of observable Universe. Credit: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Listening to an alien landing

We're listening: Earth tracking the Schiaparelli lander 19 October Today's blog post was contributed by Thomas Ormston, a spacecraft operations engineer working here at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany. Since its successful separation on Sunday, 16 October, Schiaparelli has...

Trace Gas Orbiter entering orbit around Mars on 19 October 2016 Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Burn baby, burn! The technology of the Mars Orbit Inser...

This post was contributed by Thomas Ormston, a spacecraft operations engineer here at ESOC, and highlights the science, the engineering, the technology and the incredible teamwork involved in getting ExoMars/TGO captured into orbit around another planet. The...


Follow Mars arrival live

Here's where you can follow live updates on ExoMars arrival at the Red Planet between now and 20 October.

MRO MARCI Weather Report for the week of 26 September 2016 – 2 October 2016 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Mars weather & Schiaparelli

We look forward to an increased dust content in the atmosphere to make DREAMS measurements more interesting – but just not too much, please.

We can monitor in real time the progress of operations from anywhere! Credit: ESA/B. Sousa

Kitchen pantry operations

This being a Sunday, I was at home playing with my kids, initially oblivious of what was actually happening at ESOC.

Once SMART-1 has been captured by the Moon's gravity, it begins to work its way closer to the lunar surface. Credit: ESA

Last contact with SMART-1

A great little anniversary happens on 2 September 2016: the 10th anniversary of SMART-1's final contact moments before its spectacular impact on the Moon on 3 September in 2006 (see comment below about leap years). SMART-1 travelled...

Sentinel-1A solar array before & after Credit: ESA

Sleuthing a space collision

Since launch in 2014, Europe’s Sentinel-1A spacecraft has performed flawlessly, delivering a wealth of advanced radar imagery for Europe’s Copernicus programme. Later joined in orbit by sister satellite Sentinel-1B, the tandem mission recently delivered images of the...

Artist's impression of the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli – the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM). Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Little burn results

Here's an update on the second deep-space manoeuvre (DSM-2) with the final assessment based on post-burn tracking data. The burn took place on Thursday, 11 August, DSM-2 and targeted a delta-v of 17.7 m/second during a run...