The exploration of Mars mission, ExoMars, fulfilled another stage of its successful schedule. The Schiaparelli European probe separated on Sunday 16, the TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter), its main component, starting its descent to Mars, scheduled to go into orbit the Red Planet on Wednesday, 19. Components traveled together the space for seven months.
The separation of the two modules was accompanied by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, and scientists ensured that the two components are in perfect condition and ready to complete their mission.
Now the Schiaparelli probe heads for Mars in sleep mode to reduce their electricity consumption, which will be activated a few hours before entering the atmosphere, at an altitude of 122.5 km and a speed of about 21,000 kilometers /h.
The ExoMars is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Agency (Roscosmos) to discover more secrets of Mars. The project has two missions: the first was the launch of the ExoMars probe on March 14 and the second will be the landing of a rover in 2021.
The cost of the two missions is approximately 1.3 billion euros, but the ESA needs more resources, which will be requested at the next ministerial conference, to be held in December in Switzerland
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