ExoMars

NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Rover

NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Rover

Jun 13, 2017 @ 15:01 | NASA has found diverse minerals in rocks examined by the Curiosity rover on lower Mount Sharp, Mars. These suggest that wet environmental conditions there changed over time. NASA scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the initial samples of rocks collected by the Curiosity rover in the […]

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

May 25, 2017 @ 08:29 | The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, […]

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Perseverance Valley’s Origin

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Perseverance Valley’s Origin

May 16, 2017 @ 16:15 | NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission — an ancient fluid-carved “Perseverance Valley”  incised on the inner slope of a vast crater’s rim. As the rover approached the upper end of “Perseverance Valley” in early May, images from its cameras […]

Final Two Landing Sites of ExoMars

Final Two Landing Sites of ExoMars

Apr 9, 2017 @ 12:15 Two ancient sites on Mars, Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover. On Monday 27 March, the 4th ExoMars Landing Site Selection Workshop will take place at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), The […]

IMU Malfunction Causes Schiaparelli’s Crash Landing on Mars

IMU Malfunction Causes Schiaparelli’s Crash Landing on Mars

Nov 26, 2016 @ 18:23 |  In preliminary investigation, European Space Agency has found that Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) malfunction is the reason for Schiaparelli’s crash landing on Mars. The IMU measures the rotation rates of the vehicle. Due to malfunction of IMU, computers calculated wrong altitude of Schiaparelli and mistakenly thought it was much […]

Detailed Image of Schiapatelli Parts and Crash site in Colour

Detailed Image of Schiapatelli Parts and Crash site in Colour

Nov 4, 2016 @ 18:39 |  New high-resolution images taken by a NASA orbiter show  ExoMars Schiaparelli parts module and its landing site in colour on the Red Planet. Schiaparelli arrived in the Meridiani Planum region on Mars on 19 October, while its mothership began orbiting the planet. The Trace Gas orbiter will make its […]

Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Nov 4, 2016 @ 16:52 |  On Oct 27th Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) found odd-looking rock, called “Egg Rock”. It contains iron, nickel and phosphorus, plus lesser ingredients, in concentrations still being determined through analysis of the spectrum of light produced from dozens of laser pulses at nine spots on the object. Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object […]

It Seems NASA’s Mars Orbiter Found Crashed ExoMars Lander

It Seems NASA’s Mars Orbiter Found Crashed ExoMars Lander

Oct 21, 2016 @ 19:44 |  NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing technology demonstrator module. Schiaparelli entered the martian atmosphere at 14:42 GMT on 19 October for its 6-minute descent to the […]