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Schiaparelli landing investigation completed

The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.
The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, and coasted towards Mars for three days.
Much of the six-minute descent on 19 October went as expected: the module entered the atmosphere correctly, with the heatshield protecting it at supersonic speeds. Sensors on the front and back shields collected useful scientific and engineering data on the atmosphere and heatshield.

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Schiaparelli crash site in colour

New high-resolution images taken by a NASA orbiter show parts of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module and its landing site in colour on the Red Planet.
Schiaparelli arrived in the Meridiani Planum region on Mars on 19 October, while its mothership began orbiting the planet. The Trace Gas orbiter will make its first science observations during two of its highly elliptical circuits around Mars - corresponding to eight days - starting on 20 November, including taking its first images of the planet since arriving.

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ExoMars EDM Landing Site in Meridiani Planum

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The ExoMars Schiaparelli Lander or Entry, Descent, and landing Module (EDM) reached the Martian surface on 19 October 2016, along with the Trace Gas Orbiter. According to the ExoMars project, both the heat-shield and backshell-plus-parachute separated as planned, but the lander crashed at more than 83 meters per second (more than 300 kilometers per hour) velocity. This is the first HiRISE image of this location, captured in the black and white but not the colour image area.
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