Space probe begins attempt to land on Mars
Schiaparelli is the first Esa probe in nearly 15 years to try and make contact with the Red Planet.
The 8ft (2.4m) disc-shaped lander is designed to monitor aspects of Martian weather rather than search for signs of life.
However, it will also test out a landing system to be used for a future rover mission that will look for evidence of past or present living organisms.
It is hoped Schiaparelli will fare better than its predecessor Beagle 2, which vanished on Christmas Day in 2003 after separating from the Mars Express orbiter.
The lander is expected to land on Wednesday after a three-day... read more
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