Author Archives: Rosa

Mars Express — from worry, to water

In 2004, a year after Europe’s first mission to Mars was launched, the flight dynamics team at ESA’s operations centre encountered a serious problem. New computer models showed a worrying fate for the Mars Express spacecraft if...

Impacting the ‘dark side’

The Moon is as old as the Earth, at about 4.5 billion years of age. For as long as there have been creatures on Earth able to observe it, the Moon has been there to be seen....

Capture the Moon, Mars, and the ISS

For those in the right position, July 2018 is proving to be a particularly pleasing month for gazing heavenwards. On Friday 27, the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will take place. For 1 hour...