ESA EXO-MARS Schiaparelli lander landing tomorrow!

Tomorrow at around 3.48 pm (UK time) the Schiaparelli lander will touch down on the surface of the Red Planet,Mars. Having separated from it’s mothership, the Exomars TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) on the 16th October, the lander will manouver itself into position to descend to the surface of the planet and make a parachute/thruster controlled touchdown. The 2016 mission is composed of the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and an Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), known as Schiaparelli. TGO carries scientific instruments to detect and study atmospheric trace gases, such as methane. Schiaparelli contains sensors to evaluate the lander’s performance as it descends, and additional sensors to study the environment at the landing site.

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