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Schiaparelli parachute moves in the wind

Schiaparelli parachute moves in the wind

Date: 02 November 2016
Satellite: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

A comparison of the 25 October image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE camera with that taken on 1 November. In the week that elapsed, the outline of Schiaparelli's parachute on the martian surface has apparently changed, which is interpreted as movement due to local wind.

The parachute has a maximum diameter of 12 m, and it is attached to the rear heatshield, which measures about 2.4 m across.

Aside from the obvious difference of the 1 November being in colour, the images have slightly different projections: in the colour image north is about 7º west of straight up. In addition, the 25 October image was looking to the east, while the 1 November image was taken looking slightly to the west.

For detailed description see: Schiaparelli crash site in colour.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-Feb-2021 22:41 UT

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