European Mars probe may have been destroyed [2016/11/09 13:51]

On Oct. 23 scientists said the European space probe, Schiaparelli, seemed to have been destroyed on impact after crashing to the surface of the Mars because it was traveling too fast. The European Space Agency lost the probe’s signal just one minute before the planned landing.

Schiaparelli was designed to test the technology for a more ambitious European Mars landing in 2020. The Agency said the probe’s mother ship was successfully placed into orbit and will begin analyzing the Martian atmosphere to search for evidence of life.
Russia, Europe, India and United States have all put spacecraft into Mars’ orbit, however only the United States has successfully operated rovers on the Red Planet so far. With the loss of Schiaparelli, only two spacecraft are currently roaming the Martian surface: Curiosity and Opportunity, which landed in 2004.

Basic Facts about Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. It is sometimes called the “Red Planet” due to its red soil. The soil on Mars is red because it contains iron oxide (commonly known as rust).

Mars has the largest dust storms in the solar system. They can last for months and cover the entire planet. The seasons are extreme because of its elliptical orbit around the Sun. The orbit path is more elongated than many of the other planets in the solar system.

Mars is one of the brightest objects in the night sky. It has been known since ancient times. The planet is named after the Roman God of War. It has two moons, Phobos (fear) and Deimos (panic). The moons get their scary names from the horses that pulled the chariot of the Greek God Ares.
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