European spacecraft goes silent right before difficult Mars landing

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October 20, 2016
USA Today    
Posted in News, PND News

"The 'Mars Curse' may have claimed another victim. Europe's Schiaparelli lander, scheduled to settle into the Martian dust at 10:48 am ET Wednesday, went silent a minute or so before its expected landing time. Engineers hoped to find out more from Europe's Mars Express spacecraft, which is now in orbit around Mars and perked up its ears for signals from Schiaparelli. But the recording made by Mars Express was 'inconclusive,' according to a tweet from the operations group of the European Space Agency, which operates both Mars Express and Schiaparelli. Now engineers hope that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, also circling the planet, can reveal Schiaparelli's fate." (10/19/16)  

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