24/7 Space News
Mars Express achieves 25,000 orbits
illustration only
Mars Express achieves 25,000 orbits
by Erica Marchand
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 28, 2024

Celebrating a significant milestone, ESA's Mars Express has completed its 25,000th orbit around Mars, capturing yet another breathtaking view of the Red Planet to commemorate this achievement. The latest image, taken from a high altitude by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), showcases the vast Tharsis region, known for hosting Mars's most colossal volcanoes, and features a surprise appearance from Phobos, Mars's largest moon.

Since its arrival at Mars in late 2003, Mars Express has revolutionized our understanding of the planet. It has meticulously mapped the Martian atmosphere, unraveled the history of water on the planet's surface, closely studied its two moons, and delivered three-dimensional views of Mars's landscape. The orbiter's comprehensive work has provided insights into Mars's atmospheric conditions, surface features, and geological history.

The Tharsis region, covering about a quarter of Mars's surface, includes notable volcanoes such as Olympus Mons, which stands nearly 22 km high-over two and a half times the height of Earth's Mount Everest. Alongside these geological marvels, the image also captures the Noctis Labyrinthus canyons, the Lycus Sulci landslides, and the Tantalus Fossae valleys, showcasing Mars's dynamic surface.

Phobos, Mars's largest moon, makes an unexpected appearance in the image, highlighting its proximity to Mars compared to the distance between Earth and its moon. Additionally, the photo reveals fascinating atmospheric phenomena, including clouds that introduce a blue tinge to the scene, and 'lee wave' clouds, which form in a wave-like pattern when air flows over an obstacle.

This milestone and the accompanying imagery underscore Mars Express's invaluable contribution to our knowledge of Mars, offering unparalleled insights into the planet's environment, geology, and atmospheric dynamics.

Related Links
Mars Express
Mars News and Information at MarsDaily.com
Lunar Dreams and more

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
Fly across Mars's 'labyrinth of night' with Mars Express
Paris (ESA) Oct 12, 2023
Nestled between the colossal martian 'Grand Canyon' (Valles Marineris) and the tallest volcanoes in the Solar System (the Tharsis region) lies Noctis Labyrinthus - a vast system of deep and steep valleys that stretches out for around 1190 km (roughly the length of Italy here on Earth). This video visualises a flight over the eastern part of Noctis Labyrinthus as seen by Mars Express's High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). It presents a perspective view down and across this fascinating landscape, s ... read more

NanoAvionics Partners with Neuraspace for Advanced Space Traffic Management Solutions

Russia's Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft docks to ISS

Advanced Space Revolutionizes Moon Navigation with AI-Powered CAPSTONE Experiment

Xi tells Dutch PM Rutte 'no force can stop' China tech progress

TEXUS rockets propel scientific research with recent successful launches

SpaceX launches 23 satellites, completing 260th reflight of an orbital class rocket

Starship's Third Launch: A Glimpse into the future of reusable launch vehicles

Finishing touches for South Australia's first permanent spaceport ahead of Inaugural Launch

Fascinated by Fascination Turret: Sols 4137-4138

Bipartisan Congressional call to ensure Mars Sample Return a success

Perseverance Pays off When Studying the Martian Atmosphere

Mars Express achieves 25,000 orbits

Shenzhou 17 astronauts complete China's first in-space repair job

Tiangong Space Station's Solar Wings Restored After Spacewalk Repair by Shenzhou XVII Team

BIT advances microbiological research on Chinese Space Station

Chang'e 6 and new rockets highlight China's packed 2024 space agenda

AST SpaceMobile advances space-based cellular network with ASIC chip development

Dedicated Satellite Set to Broaden Internet Access in Argentina

Intelsat bolsters global connectivity through enhanced Eutelsat Group Partnership

Four veteran space industry leaders join Astrobotic as company turn to Griffin-1 project

Lockheed Martin to develop advanced radar training system for USAF

Kayhan Space revolutionizes university space programs with Pathfinder Classroom

Uncovering nature's blueprint for invisibility and enhanced solar harvesting

UC San Diego Scientists Unveil Plant-Based Polymers that Biodegrade Microplastics in Months

ESA targets Enceladus in ambitious mission to Saturn

Webb opens new chapter in search for forming planets

Unveiling hydrogen's role in life's early energy mechanisms

Life Detection on Ice Moons Could Be Within Reach, New Study Shows

New study reveals potential "ice bombs" among Kuiper Belt Objects

Unlocking the Secrets of Eternal Ice in the Kuiper Belt

Hubble's Latest Gaze Reveals Jupiter's Dynamic Weather Patterns

NASA Armstrong Updates 1960s Concept to Study Giant Planets

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.