Good morning from the Mars Express Dedicated Control Room (DCR) at ESA/ESOC!
Yesterday's orbit change manoeuvre went as planned, and this morning at 05:52 UTC (06:52 CET) we passed by Phobos at a predicted altitude of 991 km, the first in our series of 12 planned flybys. This pass was used to acquire PFS spectrometer readings and to scan the moon with our MARSIS subsurface sounding radar.
As I write these lines, data from this exciting event is being downloaded from Mars Express via NASA's DSN trackign station at Goldstone, in California's Mojave dessert, and we are all anxiously awaiting the analysis by the flight dynamics experts at ESOC to show the actual, observed fly-by parameters.
Stand by for more exciting news about our visits to a moon that has so far provided us with many more questions than answers. -- Hannes
PS: Read today's full report in the ESA website: