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ExoMars/TGO cruise to Mars
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The Big Burn: What’s happening 28 July

Deep space manoeuvre – DSM-1 Tomorrow, 28 July, ExoMars/TGO will conduct one of the most critical activities during the voyage to Mars: a very large engine burn in deep space (DSM-1) that starts at 09:30 UTC (11:30...

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...

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Rosetta’s Main Burn

A great overview from ESATV on activities at ESOC during the first of Rosetta’s three Big Burns, which took place on 21 May.

Rosetta's Ariane 5 ready to loft the comet-chaser into orbit in 2004. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - S. Corvaja

Replanning Europe’s mission of the decade: the ba...

Today’s blog post was contributed by Ruediger Jehn and his colleagues working on the Mission Analysis team at ESOC. These experts work behind the scenes on all of ESA’s interplanetary and observatory missions to map out –...

Finding ATV in the sky

Updated 1530CEST 4 June 2013 The flight control team at the joint ESA/CNES ATV Control Centre will assume control of the mission once Albert Einstein separates from the final stage of the Ariane 5 launcher on 5 June. From that point on, it will be in free-flight orbit under ATV-CC control until Rendezvous with the ISS, set for 15 June. Below, you can access the (estimated) TLE – the ‘Two-Line Element’ data – that describes the orbit ATV is expected to be on once separation occurs.   This can be used by amateur astronomers, astro-photographers and anyone else to know where to look if you wish to spot ATV in the sky!...