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ESA Mars probe Schiaparelli detaches from mothership for descent

Schiaparelli is the first European Space Agency probe in nearly 15 years to try to make contact with the red planet A European spacecraft has detached from its mothership to begin an attempt to make a tricky landing on Mars. Schiaparelli is the first European Space Agency (ESA) probe in nearly 15 years to try to make contact with the red planet. Related: All eyes on the red planet as ESA's lander prepares to hurtle towards Mars Continue reading.
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