European robot probe Schiaparelli prepares for Mars landing

European robot probe Schiaparelli prepares for Mars landing
 

Scientists will be crossing their fingers as Schiaparelli flies itself on autopilot through the Martian atmosphere.
After a descent lasting a nail-biting six minutes, the 2.4m-wide (8ft) disc-shaped lander will briefly fire its retro rockets before belly flopping on to a plain near the Martian equator at 3.48pm Wednesday, UK time.
The only previous European Space Agency (Esa) spacecraft to attempt a Mars landing was the ill-fated British-built Beagle 2 on Christmas Day 2003.
After separating from the Mars Express orbiter that carried it to the Red Planet, Beagle 2 was not heard from again.... read more

 
19 October 2016 in Regional West, Views: 24
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