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TGO in orbit
Habukaz
post Nov 2 2016, 05:18 PM
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The latest and greatest on the plans for the CaSSIS imaging instrument:

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After ExoMars TGO has reached its Mars Capture Orbit, the intention is to switch on CaSSIS in the week from November 21 to 28 and acquire images of Mars for the first time. A media release is planned on 1 December 2016 when ESA’s Ministerial Council is being held in Lucerne.

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The highly elliptical orbit is not ideal. When we approach Mars, the orbital speed is much higher than in our science orbit and the timing will be difficult to get right. Our aim is to get something – we do our best – and learn from what we get.

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When should the image be acquired, do we have enough time to rotate the instrument to get the 2nd half of a stereo pair, do we have enough time to get the data out of the instrument before the next image should be acquired? That planning process costs a lot of time and we don’t have many people to help do it. The hard part in MCO is that the speed over the surface at periapsis is much quicker than in the circular orbit so there is a good chance to mess it up.


http://nccr-planets.ch/getting-ready-tricky-task/


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post Nov 18 2016, 12:22 PM
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First images should be from the Noctis Labyrinthus region (western edge of Valles Marineris) and (ideally) form a stereo observation.

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There are no specific imaging targets in mind, although near the closest approach of the first orbit the orbiter will be flying over the Noctis Labyrinthus region and it will attempt to obtain a stereo pair. In the second orbit, it has the opportunity to capture images of Phobos.


http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Sc...r_first_science

Some details on what the other instruments will be doing in the link.


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mcaplinger
post Nov 29 2016, 02:24 PM
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First images: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Sc...A_s_new_orbiter


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