Mars' ionosphere shaped by crustal magnetic fields 03 November 2016 Scattered pockets of magnetism across the surface of Mars have a significant influence on the planet's upper atmosphere, according to observations from ESA's Mars Express. Understanding these effects may be crucial for ensuring safe radio communications between Mars and Earth and, eventually, between explorers on the surface of the planet. 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.
New evidence for a warmer and wetter early Mars 06 December 2016 A recent study from ESA's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provides new evidence for a warm young Mars that hosted water across a geologically long timescale, rather than in short episodic bursts – something that has important consequences for habitability and the possibility of past life on the planet. Read more
Two-year extensions confirmed for ESA's science missions 22 November 2016 ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has today confirmed two-year mission extensions for nine scientific missions in which the Agency is participating. This secures their operations until the end of 2018. Read more
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
ESA's Mission To The Red Planet - The Mars Express Blog
Mars Express chats with Curiosity: Practice makes perfect 15 June 2016 Today, Mars Express established a communication link with NASA's Curiosity rover (MSL) on the surface of Mars to conduct an important test prior to the arrival of ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), carrying the the ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), Schiaparelli, in October. Read more
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