Call for Media: Celebrating 10 years of Mars Express discoveries

Mars Express over water-ice crater
27 May 2013

Media representatives are invited to a briefing at ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany on Monday 3 June, marking the tenth anniversary of the launch of ESA’s Mars Express. The event will highlight the key scientific discoveries of the mission and will unveil a new mineral atlas that charts the geological history of Mars.

The role of the new atlas in the future of European Mars exploration will also be discussed.

Mars Express was launched on 2 June 2003 with a nominal mission lifetime of 687 days (1 martian year). Ten years later it is still monitoring all aspects of the martian environment, from the subsurface to the upper atmosphere and beyond to the planet’s two tiny moons, providing an in-depth analysis of the history of Mars and taking stunning 3D images.

Media representatives wishing to attend the event are kindly requested to register at:

The briefing will be broadcast on


A decade of Mars Express observations at the Red Planet
Media Briefing, 3 June 2013

10:30      Doors open 

11:00      Mars, a challenging target for human and robotic operations
               Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations

11:15      Europe as a key player in the exploration of Mars
               Alvaro Giménez, ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration

11:30      Scientific discoveries of Mars Express
               Olivier Witasse, ESA Mars Express project scientist

11:45        History of Mars encrypted in its minerals
                Jean-Pierre Bibring, Principal Investigator for the OMEGA instrument on Mars Express,
                IAS Orsay

12:00       Questions & answers
                Opportunities for individual interviews


For further information, please contact:
ESA Media Relations Office


Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99

Fax: +33 1 53 69 76 90

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