Are mystery Mars plumes caused by space weather? 23 May 2016 Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather, say Mars Express scientists. Read more
Mars Express, so called because of the rapid and streamlined development time, represents ESA's first visit to another planet in the Solar System. The spacecraft borrowed technology from ESA's Rosetta mission (currently accompanying comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko along its orbit) and the Mars 96 mission. Since beginning science operations in 2004, the durable orbiter has given scientists an entirely new view of Earth's intriguing neighbour, and is helping to answer fundamental questions about the geology, atmosphere, surface environment, history of water and potential for life on Mars.
The rise and fall of Martian lakes 10 May 2016 There is a wealth of evidence, collected over the past few decades, that suggests liquid water was abundant in the early history of Mars – one of our nearest and most studied neighbours. A recent study, using data from several spacecraft operating at Mars, paints a detailed picture of the rise and fall of standing bodies of water in a region of Mars which once hosted one of its largest lakes. Read more
Have you ever used a camera on board an interplanetary spacecraft? 06 March 2015 In May, the 'webcam' on board Mars Express will be available for public imaging requests. We are inviting schools, science clubs and youth groups to submit proposals for one of eight opportunities to image another planet. Read more
Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists in the Mars Express mission 15 October 2015 This Announcement of Opportunity invites the scientific community to participate in the Mars Express mission in the role of Interdisciplinary Scientists, to foster the data exploitation and augment the overall scientific return of the mission. The deadline for receipt of mandatory Letters of Intent is 15 November 2015, 12:00 noon CET; the deadline for submission of proposals is 15 December 2015, 12:00 noon CET. Read more
Esa's Mission To The Red Planet - The Mars Express Blog
Update on Phobos flyby science results
28 January 2016
Update from ESA's Mars Express project scientist Dmitri Titov on the recent Phobos flyby results.
(On Thursday, 14 January 2016, ESA's Mars Express spacecraft made an unusually close flyby of the largest Martian moon, passing the surface at just 53 km.) Read more
ESA Mars Express HRSC images now available under a Creative Commons licence 18 December 2014 Following its arrival at the Red Planet in December 2003, imagery from ESA's Mars Express mission has proved immensely popular, with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board the spacecraft playing a major role. Read more