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ExoMars mission set to land Schiaparelli probe on surface of red planet

If all goes to plan lander should touch down at 3.48pm UK time on Wednesday afternoon, after a journey of half a billion kilometres Europe is poised to make its first successful touch-down on Mars Wednesday, when its small robotic spacecraft connects with the planet’s surface after an epic journey across the solar system. The Schiaparelli lander separated from its mothership, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), on Sunday and shortly the two crafts will begin a high-stakes sequence of manoeuvres.
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