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October 20, 2016
Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA
Paris (AFP) Oct 20, 2016
Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise. While holding out faint hope, ground controllers said it seemed the paddling pool-sized lander's parachute may have been discarded too early, and its fall-breaking thrusters switched off too soon. Schiaparelli fell silent seconds before its scheduled touchdown, while its mothership Trace Gas ... read more

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Mars explorer duo on course: ESA
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