Ro­bot ex­plor­ers in place for Mars mis­sion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Europe sent a tiny lan­der on a scorch­ing, su­per­sonic tum­ble to Mars yes­ter­day and placed a gas-sniff­ing probe in the Red Planet’s or­bit in a dar­ing quest with Rus­sia for ex­trater­res­trial life. High-stakes ma­noeu­vres saw a test lan­der dubbed Schi­a­par­elli make a dan­ger­ous dash for the sur­face while the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) en­tered a grav­ity loop around our plan­e­tary neigh­bour. The pair have made a 496-mil­lion-kilo­me­tre (308-mil­lion-mile) trek from Earth since their launch in March this year.

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