ExoMars starts orbital manueuver

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, spacecraft launched by Roscosmos and ESA which arrived Mars orbit in October 2016, is going to change its orbit. It will reduce altitude and will start lasting another 12 months process of aerobraking to reduce speed and reach orbit with altitude of 400 km using for this minimal amount of […]

End of the EDM – ESA confirmed failed landing

EDM lander deployed from Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, 2016, should perform gently touch down somewhere on 4710 square kilometers elliptical landing zone at Meridiani Planum on October 19. According to present news from ESA, lander reached landing zone, but later it probably crashed after preliminary deployment from conical shaped upper part of heat shield […]

TGO on orbit, EDM situation still unclear – ESA with two satellites around Mars

After deploying EDM lander on Sunday, October 16, 2016, TGO was continuing its travel to reach Martian orbit after reducing speed and course change. In the meantime, EDM should land yesterday and send first data from Mars surface. Unfortunately, ESA still is not able to confirm successful landing of EDM. Reaching Mars surface by EDM (Entry, […]

Schiaparelli after separation from TGO – ESA still without telemetry data

ExoMars mission, joint project of ESA and Roscosmos, has just entered into its most crucial phase – EDM lander was deployed and we are waiting for successful landing on Mars surface and final confirmation of EDM condition with telemetry data. After seven months since launching on atop of Proton-M from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14, […]

Schiaparelli after preparations for Mars landing !

ESA have uploaded special strings of commands to order its Mars lander, Schiaparelli space probe, to prepare for deploying Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module from Trace Gas Orbiter. EDM will land on Mars surface at 14:18 GMT on 19th October 2016 on Meridiani Planum in the middle of storm dust season. It is second […]

ExoMars TGO/Schiaparelli after course correction

Mars probe sent as a result of cooperation of ESA and Roscosmos performed yesterday successful course correction necessary for continuing mission according to plan. Maneuver was performed on July 28, 2016 at 09:30 GMT after Mission Control Center in Korolev sent command to start main engine of TGO remaining 83 million kilometers from Earth; support and additional […]

ExoMars officially postponed to July 2020

 Join Russian-European Mars mission was officially moved to 2020 due the decision of Johann Woerner and Igor Komarov. Previous gossips about delays in program were unveiled in March 2016, just before successful launch of Schiaparelli EDM and TGO space probe on atop of Proton rocket on March 14, 2016 (You can read more here about launch and […]

Mars targeted – first mission from ESA’s ExoMars program planned on 7th January 2016

First ExoMars mission main goal is testing of Schiaparelli module to gather information necessary in further European Mars exploration program. Roscosmos, launch service provider of mission, is going to utilize Proton-M rocket. Planned launch site is LC-81 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. European Space Agency in cooperation with Roscosmos is currently developing one Mars oriented program. It is […]