New Images Of Europe's Mars Lander Crash Site

Posted: Oct 28 2016, 11:24am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

New Images of Europe's Mars Lander Crash Site
  • New pictures show fate of attempted Mars crash landing
 

NASA released the images which show the Schiaparelli lander on Mars where it crashed

ESA just released new images which show the fate of the European Space Agency’s attempted Mars landing. The spacecraft Schiaparelli lander can be viewed in the images in the same spot where it crash landed.

The images by ESA show the crash in great details.  The spacecraft can be lying around on its landing site but unable to function. The images can also provide a clue as to why the spacecraft crashed in the first place. 

In the images a dark patch can also be viewed around the capsule. Some are speculating the dark patch may have formed when the fuel tank exploded. The images have also deduced the impact of the crash landing has caused the formation of a crater which is 50 cm deep.

The crash which took place last week was intended to be a "technology demonstrator". It was supposed to pave the way for a bigger venture towards Mars in 2020.

The mission was carried out by the ESA in collaboration with the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos). The landing if successful would have dispatched a sophisticated rover as to look for data and clues on life. 

However the crash has raised multiple red flags concerning safety when it comes to travelling to Mars. The concerns may also hinder the funding ESA requires to carry out future missions.

Schiaparelli was supposed to land safely using a heat-shield along with a parachute so the fall could be slowed down while reaching the surface. In the final minute of the landing the command center lost all communication with the spacecraft.

It is believed the spacecraft crashed on Mars at a speed of about 300kph. Subsequently it was established the parachute and the back cover had releases earlier than schedules.  

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