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European Space Agency will broadcast live from Mars tomorrow

By T.K. Randall
June 1, 2023 · Comment icon 4 comments

Will you be tuning in ? Image Credit: YouTube / ESA
For the first time ever, it will be possible to watch a live broadcast beamed directly from orbit around the Red Planet.
The event, which is set to take place tomorrow (June 2nd) at 18:00 CEST, aims to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European Space Agency's long-lived Mars Express orbiter.

The probe arrived in orbit around Mars all the way back in 2003, bringing with it the ill-fated Beagle 2 lander which descended towards the surface before crashing.

Mars Express itself has provided a wealth of data over the decades thanks to its array of instrumentation including its high-resolution imaging and mineralogical mapping tools.
In terms of age (for a still functioning Mars orbiter), it is second only to NASA's Mars Odyssey probe.

Tomorrow's live feed will provide a montage of images streamed directly from the orbiter (as and when they are received), effectively providing a livestream of Mars.

"On Friday, to celebrate the 20th birthday of ESA's Mars Express, you'll have the chance to get as close as it's currently possible get to Mars," ESA wrote.

"Tune in to be amongst the first to see new pictures roughly every 50 seconds as they're beamed down directly from the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA's long-lived but-still-highly-productive martian orbiter."

Source: ESA | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 4 months ago
And the view will be
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 months ago
If only. Humour aside, the views will be from orbit.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 4 months ago
51 minutes away.  Can't wait to find out just what we will see.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 4 months ago
A European spacecraft around Mars sent its first livestream from the red planet to Earth on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of its launch, but rain in Spain interfered at times. The European Space Agency broadcast the livestream with views courtesy of its Mars Express, launched by a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan in 2003. It took nearly 17 minutes for each picture to reach Earth, nearly 200 million miles (300 million kilometers) away, and another minute to get through the ground stations. The transmission was disrupted at times by rainy weather at the deep space-relay antenna in Spain. Sti... [More]

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