Tag Archives: mars

Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

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

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.

Mars Express orbit Credit: ESA

Keeping MEX warm

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

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.

A happy ExoMars team at ESOC Credit: ESA

#BigBurn complete

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...

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...

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...

Jewels in the sky: Observing Mercury & Mars on 8 F...

Mercury is not an easy target to observe. The innermost planet in our Solar System is never further away from the Sun than 30 degrees. It is either trailing the Sun and disappearing below the horizon just after sunset or moving ahead of the Sun and visible just a short time before sunrise. One good opportunity to observe Mercury under good conditions will happen on 16 February when it reaches its maximum elongation (apparent angular distance) of 18 degrees. However, a much more spectacular view (weather permitting!) will be offered on the Friday before, on 8 February, when Mars and Mercury will be separated in the sky by only 20 arc minutes...

First data via Malargüe station: Mars as seen by VMC

Marking its inauguration, ESA’s Malargüe tracking station receives Mars Webcam image. An image of the enigmatic Red Planet acquired by ESA’s Mars Express on 15 December 2012 was downloaded via ESA’s new tracking station in Malargüe, Argentina, symbolising ‘first data’ and recognising formal inauguration. Details on the station's inauguration via ESA web and ESA media.