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    News Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Mars

    Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Mars[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Well, here we go. Years of work and million of miles travelled, but it all comes down to this.

    Today at 15:44–16:59 GMT, ESA (European Space Agency) and Russia’s ExoMars lander, named Schiaparelli, will attempt to touch down on the surface of Mars.

    The mission launched in March, but after a journey of seven months, it will take just six minutes to enter the atmosphere and reach the surface.

    A press conference is scheduled for 20 October at 08:00 GMT / 10:00 CEST, when a mission status update is expected, along with the first images from the Schiaparelli descent camera.

    This will also be streamed live via the page above.

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    Default Re: Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Ma

    Well it landed, but they cut the feed?

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    Default Re: Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Ma

    Feed finished, announcement and pictures from the landing due at 6:30pm.

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    Default Re: Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Ma

    There is growing pessimism that a European probe which attempted to land on Mars today has been lost.

    Tracking of the Schiaparelli robot's radio signals was dropped less than a minute before it was expected to touch down on the Red Planet's surface.

    Satellites at Mars have attempted to shed light on the probe's status without success.

    One American satellite even called out to Schiaparelli to try to get it to respond.

    The fear will be that the robot has crashed and been destroyed.

    The European Space Agency, however, is a long way from formally calling that outcome.
    Its engineers will be running through "fault trees" attempting to figure out why communication was lost and what they can do next to retrieve the situation.

    This approach could well last several days.

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    BBC News Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early'


    Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday.
    Telemetry data recovered from the probe during its descent indicates that its parachute was jettisoned too early.
    The rockets it was supposed to use to bring itself to a standstill just above the ground also appeared to fire for too short a time.
    The European Space Agency (ESA) has not yet conceded that the lander crashed but the mood is not positive.
    Landing on Mars is always a daunting prospect.
    It is necessarily a high-speed approach that has to be just right or the spacecraft runs the risk of smashing into the ground.
    Schiaparelli had a heatshield, a parachute and rocket thrusters in order to slow its approach to the surface.
    If the robot is later confirmed as lost, it will clearly be a major blow to Esa which suffered the disappointment of the Beagle-2 lander's failure at Mars in 2003.
    But officials here have underlined the fact that Schiaparelli was always viewed within the agency as a technology demonstrator - a project to give Europe the learning experience and the confidence to go ahead and land a more ambitious six-wheeled rover on Mars in 2021.
    "This is typical for a test," said Prof Jan Woerner, Esa's director general. "We did this in order to get data on how to land on Mars with European technology. Therefore, all the data we will get this night will be used to understand how to manage the next landing when we go with the rover."
    This future vehicle is expected to use some of the same technology as Schiaparelli, including its doppler radar to sense the distance to the surface on descent, and its guidance, navigation and control algorithms.
    What will concern commentators is that the budget for the rover is not yet secure. If Schiaparelli is indeed lost, Esa officials may find themselves having to work harder to explain to member states why the extra investment remains worthwhile.
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    Default Re: Live coverage of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrival and Schiaparelli landing on Ma

    Watched this earlier about 2:30mins in it starts about a landing on Mars.
    Then didn't bother with the rest of it.


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