ExoMars is right on track so far.
It has been a month since the ESA launched the ExoMars mission, an exciting mission that is designed to look for signs of life on the red planet. And now has sent its first image.
The top image shows a randomly chosen part of the sky near the southern celestial pole. This image consists of two frames taken in a little different direction by employing a rotation mechanism chamber. Subtracting one frame from the other a series of positive and negative images showing the offset and the change of the stars are generated.
As ESA explains the importance of the image, it is that it is the combination of positive and negative of the same stars images, so when it is 400 kilometers from the surface of Mars, it may take stereo images the same points using its system of rotating 180 degrees.
Notwithstanding important aspect of this case it is that the system ExoMars has managed to send images back to earth, which is already a success for the mission. Both the control system, navigation and communication work successfully, and is able to send data to 2Mbit.
According to the ESA ExoMars 2016 project scientist, – Håkan Svedhem, the instruments of the TGO and Schiaparelli are in good operating order, and the scientific teams that operate them continue their calibration and configuration as it heads to Mars, to ensure they are ready for the exciting mission.
Now we have to wait for the Gas Orbiter (which will remain in the orbit of the planet) and Schiaparelli probe holder, is able to land on Mars (hopefully you can say hello to Mark Watney) for short mission on the surface. If successful, the next goal is to find biological activity on the red planet.