The moment of truth: Europe's Schiaparelli robot prepares to land on Mars today in a DUST STORM

A small robot probe could make history today by becoming the first European spacecraft to survive a landing on Mars - and it is likely to be a bumpy ride.
Scientists will be crossing their fingers as Schiaparelli flies itself on autopilot through the Martian atmosphere, which is expected to welcome the probe with stormy weather.
After a descent lasting 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 BST (10:48 ET).
The probe will take images of Mars and conduct scientific... read more

19 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 39
Source: Daily Mail

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