'Life on Mars' lander aims for risky touch down on red planet

'Life on Mars' lander aims for risky touch down on red planet
 

The search for life on Mars may take a giant leap on Wednesday when a space lander is due to touch down on the red planet in Europe's first attempt to land a craft there since the Beagle 2's "heroic failure" more than a decade ago.
The disc-shaped 577-kg (1,272 lb) Schiaparelli lander, which will test technologies for a rover due to follow in 2020, is expected to enter Mars's atmosphere at a speed of nearly 21,000 km (13,049 miles) per hour at 1442 GMT.
It will use a parachute and thrusters to slow down before touching down on the planet's surface only six minutes later.
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19 October 2016 in World News, Views: 33
Source: Reuters
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