Craft hits Mars at 540 km/h

Science Illustrated - - SPACE/ SOLAR SYSTEM -

The Schi­a­par­elli lan­der is in a free fall, when the para­chute is dis­con­nected by mis­take at an al­ti­tude of some 4 km.

PARA­CHUTE UNFOLDS

Schi­a­par­elli en­ters the Mar­tian at­mos­phere as planned, ac­ti­vat­ing its para­chute at an al­ti­tude of 11 km.

HEAT SHIELD DIS­CON­NECTED

At an al­ti­tude of 7 km, the bot­tom heat shield is dis­con­nected as sched­uled.

SENSOR CALCULATES WRONG AL­TI­TUDE

The craft mis­cal­cu­lates its al­ti­tude, dis­con­nect­ing the top heat shield and the para­chute at an al­ti­tude of 3.7 km.

CRAFT IN A FREE FALL FOR 37 SEC­ONDS

At a speed of 540 km/h, Schi­a­par­elli strikes Mars’ sur­face af­ter a free fall of 37 sec­onds.

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