Mars Express beams back red planet photos
by Colm Byrne on Saturday, December 29th, 2012
This really nice photo of Mars from 6,000 miles away was taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe. With the help from their space tracking station in Malargüe in Argentina the image was received with a 610-tonne, 35 m-diameter dish antenna.
The station will be used to track ongoing missions to Venus and Mars, it’s also intended to be used for radio science experiments, like trying to identify the different types of matter transmissions pass through.