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  • ESA completes investigation of Schiaparelli crash

    Jim SharkeyJune 2nd, 2017

    An independent external inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has determined that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.

  • What’s next for ESA’s ExoMars mission?

    Jason RhianNovember 27th, 2016

    ExoMars. The word elicits images of a mission fraught with change, turmoil, and misfortune. Exomars is a mission that has persistently pushed past hurdle after hurdle to make its way to the Red Planet. With the recent loss of the Schiaparelli Lander, that trend does not appear to be changing.

  • Schiaparelli may be dead but TGO saves the ExoMars mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 24th, 2016

    More than one month has now passed since the arrival of Europe’s ExoMars mission at the Red Planet. Although the mission’s Schiaparelli module has crashed onto the Martian surface, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is in excellent shape and prepares for science operations.

  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spies Schiaparelli crash site

    Bart LeahyOctober 30th, 2016

    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted the crash site of Schiaparelli, the lander portion of the European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars 2016 mission. Images taken by MRO’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on October 25 show three impact locations within about 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometers) of each other.

  • NASA spacecraft eyes remains of ESA’s Schiaparelli lander

    Eric ShearOctober 22nd, 2016

    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) confirmed the ExoMars team's worst fears by photographing recently added features on the surface of Mars at Meridiani Planum believed to have been created by a crash landing of Europe's Schiaparelli test lander. The demonstrator entered Mars' atmosphere at Mars Oct. 19. All seemed to be going well until the signal cut off about 50 seconds before its planned touchdown.

  • Lost on Mars: Schiaparelli lander falls silent shortly before touchdown

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 20th, 2016

    ESA still awaits a signal from its ExoMars "Schiaparelli" module, which was expected to land on Mars at 10:48 a.m. EDT (14:48 GMT) on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Contact with the spacecraft was lost about a minute before the planned touchdown on the Martian surface.

  • ExoMars mission arrives at the Red Planet after seven-month journey

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 19th, 2016

    Europe’s ExoMars 2016 mission has finally arrived at the Red Planet on October 19, completing a lengthy interplanetary trip. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has been inserted into Martian orbit and the "Schiaparelli" module descended to the planet’s surface. However, the fate of the lander is currently unknown as ESA still awaits for the confirmation of the touchdown.

  • DREAMS of Mars: Europe’s ExoMars mission in the middle of dust season

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 13th, 2016

    The joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission is a week away from arriving at Mars to answer important astrobiological questions. While the mission’s "Schiaparelli" demonstrator will focus on testing landing technologies, one of its scientific instruments will be in the right place at the right time to investigate the planet’s intense dust storms.