Technical difficulties

The space probe, that was the result of collaboration between Europe and Russia within the ExoMars space program has crashed on the surface of Mars, after a series of technical problems. The space probe called Schiaparelli weighs 577 kg or 1272 lbs, its main purpose was to explore the Red Planet and search for possible signs of life. During the mission, all systems had functioned properly, but ESA has lost contact with the probe 50 seconds before the time established for landing, then the probe crashed from an altitude of between 2 to 4 km.ExoMars Flight Director Michael Denis said that the probe reached the surface at a speed too high, about several hundred kilometers per hour, and precisely because of this extra speed the probe was destroyed during the impact with Mars, according to Reuters.

NASA confirmation

The confirmation came from the U.S. space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting Mars for nearly 10 years, managing to surprise in some low-resolution images the site where Schiaparelli crashed. Within these first images, we can distinguish the disaster site with the probe's parachute and debris. ESA also added that the violent landing of Schiaparelli was most likely accompanied by a powerful explosion because the thrusters' fuel tanks were full.The purpose of thrusters is to reduce the descending speed and sync with the parachute in order to reach a speed low enough to make the landing safe, however, from the first analysis, ESA said that the parachute had been opened too early and the thrusters worked for 4 seconds instead of 30.

Although the landing was a failure, overall the mission was a success because the Schiaparelli lander's mothership has been brought into orbit around Mars, which will begin to analyze the gasses in the atmosphere of Mars that indicate the presence of life.

Colonization of Mars

Because Mars is at a distance of 35 million miles or 56 million kilometers from Earth, the space missions on this planet are particularly difficult, this failure being the second one in European history, the first one being in 2003 within a British mission.

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However, despite these failures, people will continue to pursue the dream of colonization of Mars, Elon Musk's SpaceX program being very promising in this matter.

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