Landing on Mars
The European Space Agency’s ambition is to land on Mars in 2020 with a rover that will look for traces of past or present life. During the landing test of the Schiaparelli module in October 2016, Andrea Accomazzo was in the control room, providing feedback to the waiting press. He will speak about that experience, what was learned from the attempt and how the 2020 mission is shaping up.
About Andrea Accomazzo
Andrea Accomazzo is head of the Solar and Planetary Missions Division in the Mission Operations Department at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. He is perhaps best known as the Flight Director for ESA’s comet chaser Rosetta. He is Italian and after high school started at the Academy of the Italian Air Force and completed the basic training as a military pilot from 1989 to 1991. He continued engineering studies at the Politecnico di Milano and graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 1995. After working for Fiat Avio on the Vega launch vehicle, he joined ESA in 1999. He likes playing football, mountain-biking, mountaineering and skiing.