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...

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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

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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

LIFTOFF!

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

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. TGO will be launched in 2016 with Schiaparelli, the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module. It will search for evidence of methane and other atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes on Mars. TGO will also serve as a communications relay for the rover and surface science platform that will be launched in 2018. Credit: ESA–D. Ducros

Why ExoMars’ ride to space takes the time it does

This blog post was contributed by ESA's Michael Khan, at ESOC's Mission Analysis Office with inputs from  Marc Toussaint at ESA Launchers directorate. It's an excellent overview of the how the Proton rocket will loft ExoMars and Schiaparelli...

MEX Flight Control Team at ESOC Credit: ESA

Best wishes from Mars Express

A super-nice note and team photo sent in by the Mars Express flight control team at ESOC! This was written by Luke Lucas, on behalf of the team who fly ESA's venerable Mars mission – now looking...

Earth seen from Cluster's Samba spacecraft on 18 Feb 2016 via the low-resolution VMC webcam. Credit: ESA

Cluster spots Earth!

Update from Cluster Spacecraft Operations Manager Bruno Sousa. It is my pleasure to share with you the first images of the Earth seen from one of our four Cluster satellites, Samba. We acquired them last night –...