Latest Mars Express Stories
With ESAâ€™s Mars Express, scientists continue to gain new insight into the mysterious Martian environment. Some of the most exciting results are being sent back by the MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment.
Two crucial tools for a successful landing of America's latest mission to Mars, the radar and UHF radio on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, have passed in-flight checkouts.
Venus Express has now orbited Earthâ€™s twin for 500 Earth days, completing as many orbits. While the satellite maintains steady and excellent performance, the planet continues to surprise and amaze us.
ESAâ€™s Mars Express will keep an eye on NASAâ€™s Phoenix lander as it makes its way to the Martian surface, setting an example for international cooperation and interplanetary networking.
After weeks of manoeuvres, Samba and Tango, two of ESAâ€™s four Cluster satellites are now orbiting in formation, separated by only 17 km. This is the closest two ESA satellites have ever been in routine operations and will enable new scientific discoveries.
Flight Control Teams for Mars Express and Venus Express now work side-by-side for key aspects of their routine activities. The close cooperation supports team spirit, cross-training and improved efficiency.
The amount of water trapped in frozen layers over Mars' south polar region is equivalent to a liquid layer about 11 metres deep covering the planet.
ESA's Mars Express and Venus Express missions, to explore our nearest neighbour planets Mars and Venus respectively, will continue to operate until early-May 2009.
BepiColombo, ESA's mission to explore planet Mercury, has been definitively 'adopted' by the Agencyâ€™s Science Programme Committee (SPC) last Friday. The mission will now start its industrial implementation phase, to prepare for launch in August 2013.
Engineers have started final preparations for the critical, 150 mile Mars swingby on February 25th. ESA mission controllers have confirmed Rosetta is on track for the delicate operation, which includes an eclipse, a signal blackout, precise navigation and complex ground tracking.
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