Mars Lander Crash Caused By Computer Error

Posted: Nov 24 2016, 10:31am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Mars Lander Crash Caused by Computer Error
Mars Probe Schiaparelli’s heat-scorched shield
  • Mars Schiaparelli Probe crash landed onto the Surface of the Red Planet due to Computer Glitch

The Mars Schiaparelli probe crash landed onto the surface of the Red Planet due to a glitch in the electronic interiority of the contraption.

The Mars probe crashing onto the surface of the Red Planet was due to a sensory glitch in the system. This just came in from the ESA.

The computer that was on board the lander mistook the estimated distance and thus the crash took place. The probe shot to the ground at a rate of 335 mph. An early release of the parachute and backshell caused the accident.

Simulations of the mission which failed badly have shown these to be the main reasons behind the crash. The probe gets its name from the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli.

This probe had been a part and parcel of a larger project. This was termed ExoMars and consisted of the Trace Gas Orbiter. This had reached the surface of the Red Planet in October.

The whole mission had been of utmost importance for European space travel and exploration. The next mission will be in 2018. Then the TGO will be searching high and low for traces of methane on the planet.

The availability of methane on Mars is a sign that life may once have flourished on it. The future mission will look into this matter very deeply.

This Schiaparelli loss is like the 2003 tragedy of the Beagle which was a British mission. Nevertheless, as they say, you have to progress via trial and error. Failures are stepping stones to success.

Future rover designs will also be made more secure and stable. The investigation is still going on regarding this failure of the probe. By the time the next year arrives in all its futuristic glory, the causes will have been exhausted.

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