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To reconcile measured methane enhancements and variations on Mars with the current global chemical-
climate model, both a strong local source and an as yet unidentified and very effective methane destruction mechanism are required, a recent study finds
Published: 6 August 2009
From 20 - 24 July an ESA-sponsored Mars Advanced School will be held in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China. About 40 graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as researchers, from mainland China and Taiwan, will attend this intensive, five-day course, with expert teaching staff from Europe and China.
Published: 15 July 2009
Observations made with the OMEGA imaging spectrometer onboard Mars Express reveal very strong signatures of sulfates and ferric oxides in Aram Chaos. The presence of these chemicals may indicate that significant amounts of water were present in this area in the past.
Published: 18 December 2008
Light-Toned Deposits (LTD) on the surface of Mars have been at the centre of scientific debate since their discovery by the Viking spacecraft in the late 1970's.
Published: 10 December 2008
The first set of high-resolution Digital Terrain Models (DTM) and ortho-images of Mars derived from HRSC data gathered during the first six months of the Mars Express mission have been released and are publically available online
Published: 6 February 2008
The Science Programme Committee at its meeting on 23 February 2007 has unanimously approved an extension of the Mars Express mission operations, pushing back the mission end date to early-May 2009.
Published: 28 February 2007
Data obtained with the High-Resolution Stereo Camera on board Mars Express has been used to produce new topographic maps of the Iani Chaos region with contour levels superimposed onto high-resolution images of the region.
Published: 13 February 2007
The MARSIS instrument on board Mars Express has found evidence of ancient buried basins in the Martian northern lowlands. The discovery provides important constraints on the geological history of the Martian crust.
Published: 14 December 2006
The polar caps on Mars consist chiefly of CO2 and exhibit seasonal variations in their coverage. Observations by the OMEGA instrument are challenging current theories on the nature of one particular region of the southern polar cap known as the cryptic region.
Published: 27 October 2006
Mars Express has obtained high resolution images of the Cydonia region which lies in the transition zone between the southern highlands and the northern plains on Mars and contains isolated remnant mounds of various shapes and sizes, including the Face on Mars massif.
Published: 21 September 2006
First release of map projected data from the HRSC camera flown on Mars Express on April 3rd, 2006
Published: 19 April 2006
The second 20-metre antenna boom of the MARSIS instrument on board Mars Express was successfully - and smoothly - deployed, confirmed the ground team at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, 16 June.
Published: 17 June 2005

Bertaux et al. report in the science journal Nature that SPICAM observations of the Martian nightside limb have found the first evidence of auroral activity in the Martian atmosphere

Published: 10 June 2005
Following in-depth analyses performed after the deployment of the first MARSIS antenna boom on board Mars Express, ESA has decided to proceed with the deployment of the second 20-metre antenna boom.
Published: 7 June 2005
Thanks to a manoeuvre performed on 10 May 2005 at 19:20 UT, ESA flight controllers have successfully completed the deployment of the first boom of the MARSIS radar on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft.
Published: 11 May 2005
21 - 25 February 2005European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Published: 19 October 2004
Recent analyses of ESA's Mars Express data reveal that concentrations of water vapour and methane in the atmosphere of Mars significantly overlap. This result, from data obtained by the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS), gives a boost to understanding of geological and atmospheric processes on Mars, and provides important new hints to evaluate the hypothesis of present life on the Red Planet.
Published: 20 September 2004
The MARSIS team has advised ESA to delay the deployment of the MARSIS radar instrument on board Mars Express, scheduled for this week.
Published: 29 April 2004
Mars Express has returned its first high resolution image of the surface of Mars - the giant canyon system Valles Marineris.
Published: 19 January 2004
The Mars Express spacecraft has not detected a signal from the Beagle 2 lander. The lander touched down on Christmas Day and a two week search has yet to find any sign that the lander is alive.
Published: 7 January 2004
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