Schiaparelli at Thales Alenia Space
Schiaparelli, also known as the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module is seen here at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, on 24 November 2015.
The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA's contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.
The TGO will remain in Mars orbit to image surface features and study the composition of the atmosphere.