Space probe begins attempt to land on Mars
A European spacecraft has detached from its mothership in an attempt to make a tricky landing on Mars, the European Space Agency (Esa) has said.
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... read more
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