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Moving the Trace Gas Orbiter for mating with Schiaparelli

Date: 10 February 2016
Satellite: Trace Gas Orbiter
Location: Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Copyright: ESA – B. Bethge

The ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter being moved into the fuelling area at the Baikonur cosmodrome prior to being mated with Schiaparelli, the entry, descent, and landing demonstrator module.

The large dish, covered with protective foil, is the High Gain Antenna, which will be used for communication between the Trace Gas Orbiter and Earth.

Last Update: 16 February 2016

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