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Schiaparelli landing module is heading for Martian surface

A joint venture between  Russia's Roscosmos space agency and the European Space Agency (ESA) is about to reach a dramatic milestone. ExoMars was launched last March and is already bearing down on the Red Planet. In just hours, the Schiaparelli descent module will hit the upper atmosphere and begin a harrowing descent to the arid, rocky surface far below: Schiaparelli shared a ride with the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which will search the martian atmosphere for methane and other gasses that could signal life.
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