Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterSchiaparelli ProbeScientific Discovery

Crash site found

22 Oct, 2016

schiaparelliThe Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has located what experts believe to be the site of the Schiaparelli probe’s crash landing on Mars. The roughly 15m by 40m dark patch, which is probably dust and rock fragments thrown out from the impact, is sited some 5.5km west of Schiaparelli’s expected touchdown point in the equatorial Meridiani Plain. The feature is not present in previous MRO pictures of the location. Images also show an artefact 1km to the south of the patch. This white blob looks to be Schiaparelli’s 15m-wide parachute which would have floated down behind the probe.

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