Jeremy Wilks

Jeremy Wilks has been quoted 10 times. The two most recent articles where Jeremy Wilks has been quoted are Mars landing: what happened to the Schiaparelli probe? and Euronews asks the experts what they think of Rosetta. Most recently, Jeremy Wilks was quoted as having said, “There is a certainly a sense of unfinished business here at ESA operation centre in Germany. We have very good news: the TGO – the Trace Gas Orbiter – has entered into orbit around the red planet, and that's going to be a very useful spacecraft in terms of science for many years to come.”.

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There is a certainly a sense of unfinished business here at ESA operation centre in Germany. We have very good news: the TGO – the Trace Gas Orbiter – has entered into orbit around the red planet, and that's going to be a very useful spacecraft in terms of science for many years to come.

And just to my left here is Koen Geurts, who was the person who was at the forefront of the whole Philae lander experience. What's it like for you today?

Will the Exomars mission manage to prove, once and for all, whether there has ever been life on Mars?

The atmosphere in the control room is now relaxed and happy. The data has come down from the IXV spacecraft, the mission was a huge success and that's going to feed all kinds of new types of space missions, spacecrafts in the future over the next 20 years.

The reason it has been organised is that although you can do simulations on computers and in wind tunnels the best way to learn about re-entry is to go to space and come back down again. The IXV is covered in sensors it has 300 of them gathering information about pressure and temperature all over its body as it comes down to that targeted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

That's not the last we'll hear from the team of course, in 2015 we'll have an update on the science from Rosetta and Philae – which should be fascinating.

So the photos are there now and we are starting to get this amazing information from the surface of the comet. It's not exactly where the scientists wanted it to be, but that doesn't matter. This is the most amazing mission. And you have to remember, Rosetta will fly alongside the comet for the rest of 2015.

We believe that comets are actually the things which brought water to Earth. If you look at the water inside me or the water that you drink, it could be that that water came to planet Earth from comets. It is also the case, we think, that some of the complex molecules, some of the aminoacids, may have come to Earth from comets. So if we want to understand the origins of our Solar system, the origins of planet Earth, the origins of our life here as well, we have to understand comets.

This is one small step in terms of mars exploration, but it's a giant leap for the Indian Space Agency. They've proved to the world that they can do that tricky thing of flying to another planet, doing that orbital insertion manouevre and managing to fget into position around the red planet. In terms of the science of course they'll be gathering data about the atmosphere, just as NASA's probe which arrived on Sunday will be doing, and that's essential if we're really thinking of sending humans there by the 2030s.

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