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Trace Gas Orbiter at Baikonur

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

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

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

The scaffolding and platform are in place to facilitate the activities that need to be carried out to unite Schiaparelli and the Trace Gas Orbiter.

Last Update: 16 February 2016

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