#Alien #Mars – Mars lander ‘leaving mothership’ TODAY on ALIEN LIFE mission : It is due to test technologies for Europe’s first planned Mars rover, which will be used to hunt for past and present signs of extraterrestrials on the planet, said Reuters.
The larger spacecraft – called the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) – has just completed a seven-month journey from Earth as part of the European-Russian ExoMars programme. This afternoon, the Schiaparelli separated from the orbiting ship and started a three-day descent to the surface of Mars.
This is the second time Europe has attempted to land a craft on Mars following the failed mission by Beagle 2 in 2003.
Landing on the planet, which is an epic 35 million miles away, is an incredibly difficult thing to do, with even the Russians struggling to achieve it. NASA in the US has currently got two operational rovers on there – Curiosity and Opportunity.
But the sheer difficulty of even landing crafts on the planet’s surface isn’t putting people off. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX is developing a huge rocket and capsule that he hopes will carry people over there with the goal of populating the planet.
But the ambitious project has run into numerous obstacle, including his rocket blasting into a million smithereens during a test launch early last month.Source: dailystar