Sunday, October 16, 2016

The ExoMars spacecraft will separate this morning, to prepare for a harrowing Mars landing

After seven months of traveling to Mars, Europe and Russia's two ExoMars spacecraft are scheduled to separate from one another this morning — a crucial move just three days before they reach the Red Planet. The two vehicles have been connected to one another since they launched from Earth in March, but now it’s time for both probes to get started on their primary missions. One will look for signs of life in Mars’ atmosphere, while the other just needs to land on the Martian surface in one piece.

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