A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

URL ftp://psa.esac.esa.int/pub/mirror/pub/mirror/MARS-EXPRESS/OMEGA/MEX-M-OMEGA-2-EDR-FLIGHT-EXT6-V1.0
DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ql3hv7h
Abstract N/A
Description This dataset contains experiment data records acquired from the Mars Express first mission extension in orbit around Mars. The dataset also includes geometry data for each experiment data records.
Instrument OMEGA
Temporal Coverage 2017-01-10T04:08:41Z/2019-01-07T13:40:22Z
Version V1.0
Mission Description Mission Overview Mars Express was the first flexible mission of the revised long-term ESA Science Programme Horizons 2000 and was launched to the planet Mars from Baikonur (Kazakhstan) on June 2nd 2003. A Soyuz-Fregat launcher injected the Mars Express total mass of about 1200 kg into Mars transfer orbit. Details about the mission launch sequence and profile can be obtained from the Mission Plan (MEX-MMT-RP-0221) and from the Consolidated Report on Mission Analysis (CREMA)(MEX-ESC-RP- 5500). The mission consisted of (i) a 3-axis stabilized orbiter with a fixed high-gain antenna and body-mounted instruments, and (ii) a lander named BEAGLE-2, and was dedicated to the orbital and in-situ study of the interior, subsurface, surface and atmosphere of the planet. After ejection of a small lander on 18 December 2003 and Mars orbit insertion (MOI) on 25 December 2003, the orbiter experiments began the acquisition of scientific data from Mars and its environment in a polar elliptical orbit. The nominal mission lifetime for the orbiter was 687 days following Mars orbit insertion, starting after a 5 months cruise. The nominal science phase was extended (tbc) for another Martian year in order to complement earlier observations and allow data relay communications for various potential Mars landers up to 2008, provided that the spacecraft resources permit it. The Mars Express spacecraft represented the core of the mission, being scientifically justified on its own by investigations such as high- resolution imaging and mineralogical mapping of the surface, radar sounding of the subsurface structure down to the permafrost, precise determination of the atmospheric circulation and composition, and study of the interaction of the atmosphere with the interplanetary medium. The broad scientific objectives of the orbiter payload are briefly listed thereafter and are given more extensively in the experiment publications con...
Creator Contact Gilles Poulleau
Date Published 2019-10-21
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2019-10-21, MEX-M-OMEGA-2-EDR-FLIGHT-EXT6, V1.0. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ql3hv7h