Shiaparelli lands on Mars today

Follow Shiaparelli’s descent to the Mars surface here: http://livestream.com/ESA/marsarrival

Except ESA’s Livestream channel you can follow the mission at ESA.

Media kit: PDF

Wikipedia: ExoMars

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First ExoMars launch is near

The first of ESA’s two ExoMars launches is only days away. A rover will be sent to Mars in 2018 but the mission will start with an orbiter and lander this month. The orbiter (Trace Gas Orbiter) will analyse atmospheric gas and function as a telecommunication relay between lander, rover and Earth. The lander (EDM or Schiaparelli) is basically a test to learn from so the rover in 2018 can land safely.

The orbiter and lander are built by ESA and will be launched by Roscosmos from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The mission is operated by the ESA’s European Space Operation Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

ESA: ExoMars overview | ESOC

Universe Today: ExoMars heads to the Red Planet in 2016

Wikipedia: ExoMars | ESOC | Baikonur Cosmodrome

Upcoming Space Missions

Where will we go this year? Both 2014 and 2015 were busy years for the space industry. This year will be adventurous too. I’m looking forward to missions like ExoMars, Juno arriving at Jupiter and the Osiris-Rex lifting off towards an asteroid. Check out Space.com, Wikipedia and Spaceflight Now.

Space.com: These are the Space Missions to watch in 2016

Spaceflight Now: Launch Schedule

SpaceX: Launch Manifest

JPL / NASA: Future Missions

ESA: Our Missions

Wikipedia: 2016 in SpaceflightSpaceflight Portal | ExoMars | Juno | OSIRIS-REx | 101955 Bennu