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Mars Express - Studying the Atmosphere and Climate
- Title Mars Express - Studying the Atmosphere and Climate
- Released: 21/04/2003
- Length 00:08:28
- Language English
- Footage Type Documentary
- Copyright ESA
The Mars Express orbiter will carry instruments that will study the red planet's atmosphere in great detail. Looking for trace gases might help us answering the question whether water (and life) once existed on Mars, and why it disappeared. 7-minute A-roll with split audio (English commentary/international sound) and 20-minute B-roll with clean international sound.
The video includes the following:
00:29 Studying the Atmosphere and Climate on Mars
01:01 Interview with Vittorio Formisano, IFSI (Istituto di fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario) Frascati, Italy.
01:24 Mars Express PFS instrument: Planetary Fourier Spectrometer
01:41 Mars images and video
02:24 Spacecraft Mars Express orbiting Mars, making with PFS
02:50 Vittorio Formisano, IFSI, explains that PFS will study the Mars atmosphere
03:37 PFS in orbit around Mars and explaining PFS and how it works
04:40 Vittorio Formisano, IFSI, explains the different bands observed
05:21 IFSi building and the testing of PFS. Vittorio Formisano explains the testing on Earth
06:21 Three other instruments on Mars Express: ASPERA-3 (Analyser of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms), SPICAM (Spectroscopy for Investigation of Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Mars), and MaRS (Mars Radio Science).
06:28 The Energetic Neutron Analyser developed at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna will concentrate on solar wind
06:50 Stas Barbarash, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, explains how it works
07:34 Images and animation of Mars and Mars Express mission
07:50 Stas Barbarash explains further
08:02 Mars Express is not only spacecraft will bring ASPERA to Mars. The instrument will also fly on the Japanese Nozoma mission. Mars Express will follow a polar orbit while Nozoma will follow an equatorial orbit, making them complementary
08:28 The end
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