NOMAD instrument prepares for first science

Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

The ExoMars (ESA) mission has been in orbit around Mars since 19 October. Over the past two weeks, the first test observations of the instruments have been made. NOMAD, a spectrograph co-designed by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) to solve the so-called methane problem on Mars has sent its first data confirming the excellent performance of the instrument.

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Friday, December 2, 2016