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Schiaparelli's descent to Mars

05 October 2016

Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending through the martian atmosphere to land on Mars.

Schiaparelli will enter the atmosphere at about 21 000 km/h and in less than six minutes it will use a heatshield, a parachute and thrusters to slow its descent before touching down in the Meridiani Planum region close to the equator, absorbing the final contact with a crushable structure.

The entire process will take less than six minutes: the animation has been sped up.

Schiaparelli separated from the Trace Gas Orbiter on 16 October 2016, after a seven-month cruise together through space, and will enter the atmosphere on 19 October at 14:42 UTC.

For an overview of the key timings and altitudes corresponding to the events portrayed in this animation see the Schiaparelli descent sequence graphic.

Both Schiaparelli and the Mars scenery in this animation were computer generated.

Last Update: 18 October 2016

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