Space & Astronomy
European Space Agency will broadcast live from Mars tomorrow
By T.K. Randall
June 1, 2023 · 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."
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