Witness space history by tuning into the first almost-live stream from Mars

Friday, June 2, 2023 - 08:13 in Astronomy & Space

Mars Express lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz–Fregat rocket on June 2, 2003. It entered orbit around Mars on December 25, 2003 and reached its operational orbit in January 2004. The initial mission duration was one Martian year (687 Earth days), completed in September 2005. ESA/Alex Lutkus Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) will livestream imagery from its Mars Express orbiter in near-real time. The live stream is scheduled to begin on June 2 at 12:00 PM EDT. You can watch the hour-long live stream on the ESA’s YouTube channel.  [Related: The Mars Express just got up close and personal with Phobos.] Mars Express has been orbiting Mars for the past 20 years, sending back data on the vast landscape of the Red Planet along the way. Slight technical delays have...

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