Posted on 2 August 2018 by 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...
Posted on 28 June 2017 by Giulia
TGO short summer break
On 25 June, TGO will suspend its aerobraking campaign until the end of August due to Mars' conjunction with the Sun.
Posted on 24 March 2017 by Daniel
Aerobraking: So far, so good
The news from the ExoMars/TGO mission control team following the first ten days of the ‘walk-in’ to aerobraking is good! #hang10
Posted on 16 December 2016 by Daniel
Skimming an alien atmosphere
Mission controllers are preparing for the ultimate challenge: using drag from the Red Planet’s atmosphere to lower ExoMars/TGO into its final Mars orbit.
Posted on 21 October 2016 by Daniel
Keeping MEX warm
Details, register to attend or watch live: Mars Express - Open Data Day 28 October 2016
Posted on 14 October 2016 by Daniel
Follow Mars arrival live
Here's where you can follow live updates on ExoMars arrival at the Red Planet between now and 20 October.
Posted on 7 October 2016 by Daniel
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.
Posted on 28 July 2016 by Daniel
Following a 52-min firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October. The initial analysis by the flight dynamics experts showed a tiny...
Posted on 15 June 2016 by Daniel
Mars Express chats with Curiosity: Practice makes perf...
Today, Mars Express established a communication link with NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface to conduct an important test prior to the arrival of ExoMars
Posted on 4 May 2016 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 18 March 2016 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 9 March 2016 by Daniel
How ExoMars/TGO gets to where it’s going
Today's post highlights the most important aspects of ExoMars mission operations activities, centred primarily on the mission control team at ESOC.