Mars lander released for red planet TODAY as hunt for alien life begins
The Mars lander is destined to hit the surface of the red planet - testing the area for conditions ahead of a planned project to send a Mars rover in.
The rover, sent in by Europe, will search for signs of past and present life.
After a seven-month journey from Earth as part of the European-Russian ExoMars programme, the Schiaparelli lander was expected to separate from spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) on Sunday, and start a three-day descent to the surface.
Schiaparelli represents only the second European attempt to land a craft on Mars, after a failed mission by the British landing... read more
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