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Mars Express mission team

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Mission Manager: P. Martin  (based at  ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Spain)

Project Scientist: D. Titov (based at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), The Netherlands)

Principal Investigators

Instrument Acronym Principal Investigator
High-Resolution Stereo Camera HRSC R. Jaumann,  Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité OMEGA J.-P. Bibring, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale - IAS Orsay, France
Planetary Fourier Spectrometer PFS M. Giuranna, Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy
Analyser of Space Plasma and Energetic Atoms ASPERA M. Holmström, S. Barabash, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden
Mars Radio Science Experiment MaRS M. Pätzold, Rheinishes Institut für Umweltforschung, Universität Cologne, Germany
Spectroscopy for the Investigation of the Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Mars SPICAM F. Montmessin, Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations spatiales (LATMOS), France
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding MARSIS

R. Orosei, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Italy

J. Plaut,  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

Visual Monitoring Camera  VMC Team Lead: A. Sánchez-Lavega, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain.

Interdisciplinary Scientists

IDS Topic Affiliation
T. Duxbury

Phobos, Deimos and small bodies investigations,

Mars cartography

George Mason University, Fairfax, USA
F. Forget Atmosphere and surface-atmosphere interaction Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique/CNRS, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
A. Määttänen Climatology

LATMOS, Université Versailles

Saint‐Quentin, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS, Guyancourt, France

F. González-Galindo Aeronomy Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC, Granada, Spain

Science Ground Segment Team

The Science Ground Segment Team is located at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), in Villanueva de la Cañada, near Madrid, Spain.

  • A. Cardesín Moinelo (Science Ground Segment Manager)
  • M. Breitfellner (Science Operations Engineer)
  • D. Merritt (Science Operations Engineer)
  • J. Marin-Yaseli (Science Operations Engineer)
  • M. Castillo Fraile (Science Operations Engineer)
  • E. Grotheer (Archive Scientist)
  • M. Costa i Sitjà (SPICE & Auxiliary Data Support Engineer)

Ground Segment Team

The Ground Segment Team, or Mission Operations Centre (MOC), is located at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. In the list below, FCT is the Flight Control Team. The composition of the MOC team is as follows:

  • J. Godfrey (FCT, Acting Spacecraft Operations Manager, SOM)
  • A. Minogiannis (FCT, Attitude and Orbit Control Engineer)
  • T. Dressler (FCT, Power Engineer)
  • A. Johnston (FCT, Mission Planning and Radio-Communications Engineer)
  • S. Wood (FCT, Data Handling and Systems Engineer)
  • R. Blake (FCT, Mission Planning Engineer)
  • L. Lucas (FCT, Mission Planning and Thermal Engineer)
  • M. Mueller (Flight Dynamics Manager)
  • G. Ravera (ESTRACK, Ground Operations Manager)
  • J. Howard (ESTRACK Operations Engineer)
  • A. Olchawa (Mission Control Systems Coordinator)

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