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ESA gives Schiaparelli probe final commands ahead of Mars landing

With arrival at Mars set for October 19, ESA mission control in Darmstadt, Germany is busy making last minute adjustments for the Exomars 2016 mission. One key milestone completed last week was the uploading of final instructions for the computer aboard the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator spacecraft. The new commands will tell Schiaparelli when to separate from the Trace Gas Orbiter mothership, then guide the unmanned lander during its descent and touchdown on the surface of Mars.
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