Engineering team from ESOC and Inmarsat working at ESA's New Norcia tracking station in support of the launch of Soyuz flight VS15 on 24 May 2016. Credit: ESA/Inmarsat Solutions B.V.

Behind the scenes at a rocket launch

As the old saying goes, It takes a village... or, rather, it takes an extended network of expert teams on multiple continents to launch a rocket! ESA and industrial support teams were out supporting the Arienspace launch...

ESOC Rover Control

Rover driving done!

On 29 April 2016, ESA astronaut Tim Peake controlled, from the International Space Station, a rover nicknamed Bridget at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage as part of an international experiment to prepare for human–robotic missions to...

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New OS for ExoMars/TGO

(Update 17:45 – scroll down) If you use a Mac or a Windows machine, or an iPhone or an Android device, you’ve likely been involved at one time or another with updating your operating system – the...


ExoMars according to Twitter

The ExoMars Twitter collection is an auto-generated archive of the top tweets posted using the #ExoMars hashtag. Enjoy!   ExoMars launch


Open data from Mars

Open data from Mars – Machine learning competition using Mars Express data #MarsExpressPower UPDATE 31 March: The formal call for participation is now live via the main ESA website.   The ExoMars/TGO spacecraft will soon reach Mars,...

Artist’s impression depicting the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli, from the Trace Gas Orbiter, and heading for Mars. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

The speed with which we get to Mars

(UPDATED 1.04) Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the final review of responses. (UPDATED 24.03) We got a query earlier this week via Facebook from a past participant (thanks, Massimiliano!) in one of our...

ESA/ASI Team at Malindi tracking station, Kenya, ready to catch the first signals from ExoMars Credit: ESA

To catch a signal

This is the joint ESA/ASI engineering team at Malindi ground station, in Kenya, seen a couple days ago during the final ExoMars launch rehearsal. They will be the most-watched team anywhere later tonight, when their 2m-diameter tracking...

ExoMars liftoff on board a Proton launcher from Baikonur Cosmodrome, 14 March 2016, 09:31 GMT / 10:31 CET Credit: ESA


ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lifted off this morning at 09:31 GMT from Baikonur on board a Proton rocket.