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Parachute for Mars
04-10-2016 05:03 PM CEST

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Parachute for Mars

A full-size model of the ExoMars entry, descent and landing module, Schiaparelli, with its parachute deployed was revealed on ESA’s open day last Sunday in the Netherlands.

Weighing 600 kg, Schiaparelli is part of the joint ESA–Roscosmos ExoMars mission that will arrive at the Red Planet on 19 October. It will demonstrate Europe’s techonology for a controlled landing on Mars, including the 12 m-diameter parachute.

The landing will take about six minutes, with the canopy deploying at a speed of 1700 km/h. In less than two minutes the parachute will slow the lander down to 240 km/h before being jettisoned at around 1 km above the surface.

Thrusters will then begin firing to control the probe’s speed, with the surface contact cushioned by a crushable structure on the underside of the module.

The module is housed inside the descent capsule in this picture – the rear cover and heatshield are discarded during descent.

Although it is on display, the ExoMars teams need to access the engineering model for diagnostics or checks because it is a replica of the module flying to Mars.

More about ExoMars: ExoMars and exploration.esa.int

More about the Erasmus space exhibition centre.

Credit: ESA/S. Muihead

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

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ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

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ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

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ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA/G. Porter

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA/G. Porter

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA/G. Porter

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA/G. Porter

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA-SJM Photography

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02-10-2016 12:15 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, opened its gates to visitors on 2 October 2016 for the annual Open Day.

Credit: ESA/G. Porter

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