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Mars Express Mission

Series : Facing the Universe, a Dive into Space Research

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  00:09:52  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

After the Russian "Mars 96” mission had failed, the European Space Agency (ESA) took over the programme and created "Mars Express”. The objectives of sending this new probe to Mars are to map the planet, analyse its subsoil and study its atmosphere. It was launched on June 2, 2003 using a Russian rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the Mars Express probe reached Mars in only 7 months. Since then, the aircraft has been making a series of rotations around Mars, at the rate of one every 7 hours. Initially planned to last 2 years, the mission has been extended several times due to its vast scientific return.
Six on-board instruments are used for data collection, including OMEGA, a spectro-imager resulting from a collaboration between the LESIA laboratory (Laboratoire d'études spatiales et d'instrumentation en astrophysique/laboratory for space studies and instrumentation for astrophysics) and the IAS institute (Institut d'astrophysique spatiale/space astrophysics institute), and SPICAM, a ultra-violet spectrograph developed by the LATMOS laboratory (Laboratoire Atmosphères et observations spatiales/Atmospheres and space observations laboratory).

Producer : CNRS Images
Director : MIFSUD Nicolas
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation d’extrait de films d’archives, de photographies, d’images en 3D et d’animations en 3D.
Commentaire en voix-off. Interventions en son direct. Musiques
PersonnalitiesBIBRING Jean-Pierre(IAS, UMR CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, CNES); DORESSOUNDIRAM Alain(LESIA, UMR CNRS, Oberservatoire de Paris, Univ. Sorbonne Université, Univ. Paris Diderot, CNES); OLLIVIER Marc(IAS, UMR CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, CNES); LEBLANC François
NotesIAS : Institut d’astrophysique spatiale (INSU)
LESIA : Laboratoire d'études spatiales et d'instrumentation en astrophysique (INSU)
LATMOS : Laboratoire "Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales" (INSU)
CNES : Centre National d’Études Spatiales


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Technical Sheet
Item No.6764
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
LaboratoryUMR8617 ; UMR8109 ; UMR8190
Delivery supportDigitalised File