ExoMars gets a name

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PostPosted: November 8, 2013 12:16 PM 

ExoMars is now known as Schiaparelli.



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PostPosted: November 11, 2013 1:51 AM 

Thanks, Kevin. Interesting that the 2016 lander is slated to land in Meridiani Planum. Maybe Oppy will be there to say hello.


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PostPosted: March 26, 2014 8:18 AM 

ExoMars (Schiaparelli) mission scientists are now about to select the landing site, from an original list of 30 they must now select two or three potential sites. The criteria is detailed in the link below I know some here were disappointed that Curiosity did not go to Mawth however that mission was pure geology so Gale was perfect however Schiaparelli is looking for life past and present as well as some rock stuff.

Given the chance of a vote what would be your preferred landing sites? Me personally? Well I wouldn't mind having a crack at either of the 2 sites turned down by MSL i.e. Eberswalde Crater and Mawth Vallis the latter possibly being capable of preserving evidence of past and even present life only downside is the terrain might be a bit difficult.


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PostPosted: March 27, 2014 10:34 AM 

Mawth is on the list of 8 potential sites but there are many factors that have to be considered and one of them is a huge Elipse.



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PostPosted: October 2, 2014 11:50 AM 


Mawrth Vallis, Oxia Planum, Hypanis Vallis and Aram Dorsum are the shortlist sites.


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PostPosted: October 17, 2014 10:30 PM 



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PostPosted: October 19, 2014 7:28 AM 

Thanks for the heads up Barsoomer at this rate we will be living on Mars before ExoMars gets there.


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PostPosted: October 22, 2015 12:46 PM 


Landing sites have been chosen for ExoMars 2018 and the 2016 lander.

The 2018 rover (with a drill) will be landing in Oxia Planum, while the 2016 craft will land in Meridiani Planum.

I wonder if this is within hailing distance of Opportunity? Perhaps Oppy may be able to image the landing! Good reason to keep it alive until then.


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PostPosted: March 15, 2016 3:54 PM 


The ExoMars 2016 mission has just been launched. The orbiter includes a sophisticated methane detector.


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PostPosted: October 21, 2016 1:55 AM 

Unfortunately, the Shiaparelli lander appears to have likely crashed onto Mars. The initial data seem to indicate that the parachute was jettisoned too soon, and the retro rockets fired for only about 3 seconds, after which the lander fell for 19 seconds to the the ground.

Perhaps one possibility might be that the atmosphere did not behave as modeled.... It's not clear what logic was used to trigger the events, altimeter readings or speed?


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PostPosted: October 21, 2016 8:54 PM 

Schiaparelli on Mars.

Kye Goodwin

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PostPosted: October 21, 2016 11:32 PM 

I'm sorry to hear this. Landing on Mars isn't easy. It would be a wasteful stunt to send humans before safe landings become routine.


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PostPosted: October 22, 2016 1:00 PM 

If there had been a human at the controls, it likely would not have crashed. It seems the sensor readings were correct but the onboard computer made an incorrect decision. A human would have known not to switch off the retrorockets while still 2 km above the surface.

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