SCI­EN­TISTS PUZ­ZLE OVER MARS LAN­DER’S RA­DIO SI­LENCE

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FRANK­FURT: A Euro­pean lan­der that de­scended to Mars on Wed­nes­day has failed to send signs of life to its moth­er­ship, leav­ing sci­en­tists un­cer­tain whether it touched down on the Red Planet gen­tly as planned, or crashed and broke apart, the Euro­pean Space Agency (ESA) said. “We’ve had two over­flights (by Mars or­biters) and there was no sig­nal,” ESA Space­craft Op­er­a­tions Man­ager An­drea Ac­co­mazzo said yes­ter­day. The disc-shaped 577-kg Schi­a­par­elli is test­ing tech­nolo­gies for a rover due to fol­low in 2020. – Reuters

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