ESA PR 10-2004. A pioneering demonstration of communications between the European Space Agencys Mars Express orbiter and NASAs Mars exploration rover, Spirit, has succeeded.
Spirit landed almost exactly in the middle of the area shown in this image taken by the HRSC
On 6 February, while Mars Express was flying over the area that Spirit is examining, the orbiter transferred commands from Earth to the rover and relayed data from the rover back to Earth.
"This was the first in-orbit communication between ESA and NASA spacecraft, and we have also created the first working international communications network around another planet," said Rudolf Schmidt, ESAs Project Manager for Mars Express. "Both are significant achievements, two more firsts for Mars Express and the Mars exploration rovers."
Franco Bonacina | ESA
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