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DECA – the descent camera on Schiaparelli – is cleaned to meet planetary protection requirements

Date: 11 July 2014
Satellite: ExoMars 2016 - Schiaparelli
Copyright: ESA

DECA - the DEscent CAmera on Schiaparelli, the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module - will reach the surface of Mars and for this reason it has to be properly cleaned to meet planetary protection requirements. This image shows a technician cleaning the camera in a cleanroom at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. DECA is the box in the technician's hand. The red item on the box is a lens protector, which will be removed before flight.

DECA was designed and built by Optique et Instruments de Précision (OIP) in Belgium for ESA. It is the re-named flight spare of the VMC (Visual Monitoring Camera), which flew on the Herschel spacecraft.

Last Update: 23 June 2016

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