The European Space Agency has conducted the longest live broadcast in history. 900 times the distance from the Moon.
for the first time in history we’ve been able to follow Live broadcast from Mars 300 million kilometers awaythanks to european space agency,
it’s all part of the celebration 20th Anniversary of the Mars Express OrbiterFirst planetary mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) with Spanish participation.
In 2003, the He mission launched Mangal Expressformed by a orbiter (a ship that orbits the planet, collects data), and Rover Beagle-2, The goal was to find water on Mars.
unfortunately Beagle-2 made it to a safe landing, but was disabled. The orbiter has been sending back valuable data for two decades, extending its mission several times.
to celebrate Mars Express 20th AnniversaryThe He prepared on friday live broadcast from marssomething that had never been done before.
Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) was capturing images of mars that he sent to live to the ESA control center on Earth, and the center broadcast them live over streaming. You can view it here:
Is Farthest live broadcast in history, 300 million kilometers, images take some 16 minutes to reach the earth.
Ultimately, The live feed from Mars showed an image every 50 seconds.,
Notably, the orbiter Mangal Express Already uses old technology, which was not ready for live broadcast. ESA has spent 7 months updating its software to be able to carry out this transmission.
For example, the camera used was designed to follow the landing of Beagle-2, so the images it shows do not have much definition.
Even then the experiment was a complete successachieve your goal Transmit live images from Mars for one hour, up to 300 million kilometers, A nice rehearsal for ESA’s most ambitious mission, which is already underway: the exploration of Jupiter’s moons.