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The European Mars Spacecraft advances the Red Planet

First Posted: Oct 17, 2016 08:59 AM EDT
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The European Mars spacecraft advances the Red Planet with the mission to search the Martian atmosphere for gases and methane. The Schiaparelli was dispatched to arrive on Mars on Wednesday, and it will enter the orbit around the planet.

With 300 million miles ahead, the spacecraft took seven months to travel to Mars; it was launched on March 14th from the Biakonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as reported on New York Times

It is said to carve its way through the atmosphere by releasing its parachute and touchdown the surface by separating from its outer shell. Schiaparelli will drop down to the Martian surface and its mother-ship will enter the orbit around Mars as stated on Space.

NASA's opportunity rover landed in 2004 the Schiaparelli will attempt to land nearby on Meridiani Planum, it will remain until the battery power dies out and study the local environment.

ExoMars flight director "Michel Denis" confirmed a successful separation from the Schiaparelli module, the flight controllers cheered as the separation was successful during a live ESA webcast from Germany. 

The ambitious mission of the European-Russian ExoMars project will take lead from Wednesday, it is said that the second mission to Mars will launch in 2020.  

The Meridian Planum is home to NASA's opportunity rover and is considered as a vast region of Mars. The Lander will use thrusters, a huge parachute and a heat shield to land on Meridian Planum.  

The Schiaparelli module is designed to land only a few days on Mars because of its internal batteries, the Trace Gas Orbiter is designed to find water or ice deposits below or on the Martian surface.

The European Mars spacecraft and its advance to the red planet is believed to land successfully and continue its research by exploring Mars. There are high possibilities that the mission will bring out new discoveries and further evidence for future missions to Mars.



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