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Re: ESA - Mars Express updates
« Reply #140 on: 12/25/2017 11:43 AM »
Still going strong after 14 years:

#OTD 25 December 2003, Mars Express enters martian orbit, Europe’s successful 1st attempt to send a space probe into orbit around another planet... See…

And #MarsExpress is staying busy this Christmas, too! Last night #MEX conducted overflight & test communication link w/ @MarsCuriosity #RedPlanet Link was live for 6 mins starting 22:35CET. Recorded signal data was downloaded at 02:33CET this AM

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Re: ESA - Mars Express updates
« Reply #141 on: 12/26/2017 02:57 AM »
Between the age of the spacecraft and the success Venus Express had at Venus, I wonder if aerobraking would ever be attempted with Mars Express.  I assume, with TGO in orbit now, it's unnecessary since that orbiter is optimized to handle aerobraking.  How much longer can 'Express last as is in light of it's arrival anniversary?
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Re: ESA - Mars Express updates
« Reply #142 on: 01/18/2018 08:12 PM »
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder

18 January 2018

A fascinating martian crater has been chosen to honour the German physicist and planetary scientist, Gerhard Neukum, one of the founders of ESA’s Mars Express mission.

The International Astronomical Union named the 102 km-wide crater in the Noachis Terra region “Neukum” in September last year after the camera’s leader, who died in 2014. Professor Neukum inspired and led the development of the high-resolution stereo camera on Mars Express, which helped to establish the regional geology and topography of Mars.

Observations by the camera in December 2005 and May 2007 were used to create the image mosaic of Neukum Crater presented here.

Neukum Crater sits in the Noachis Terra region in the densely cratered southern highlands of Mars, some 800 km to the west of the planet’s largest impact basin, Hellas. Noachis Terra is one of the oldest known regions on the Red Planet, dating back at least 3.9 billion years – the earliest martian era, the Noachian epoch, is named after it.

Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO