Was the ExoMars mission a triumph or a disaster?
THAT space flight is as much show business as science was confirmed on the evening of October 19th, when members of the ExoMars team put on the bravest of faces for a broadcast from their mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, about the arrival of the project’s craft at Mars. ExoMars is a joint endeavour by Europe’s and Russia’s space agencies. If science were its only criterion, team members would have been cock-a-hoop.
Their main research vehicle, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) had successfully entered almost precisely its designated orbit around Mars, and looked well placed to do its job of... read more
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