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As part of the VMC Schools Campaign, Mars Express is now using VMC to acquire over 2000 images of the Red planet; the first imaging orbits were yesterday, and the final runs tonight through until Wednesday morning.

In order to give priority to the 25 schools, youth clubs and organisation taking part in the VMC Schools Campaign, we have temporarily turned the auto-posting function OFF. This means that the VMC images acquired yesterday, today and tomorrow morning will not appear here in the blog or in the Flickr channel at this time.

We will release these as usual in the future, once the participants have had an opportunity to start working with their images.

 

Malargüe station mosaic

A mosaic depicting ESA's new 35m deep-space tracking station at Malargüe, Argentina, composed of several hundred low-resolution Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) images acquired by Mars Express.

Malargüe station mosaic

On 18 December 2012, the station downloaded a VMC image from Mars Express orbiting some 328 million kilometres from Earth to mark the station's formal inauguration and the symbolic transmission of 'first data'. The image was received at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany, and processed by the Mars Express mission operations team.

Photo mosaic generated using AndreaMosaic, an excellent piece of software!