ExoMars 2016 arriving at Mars


The paths of the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module arriving at Mars on 19 October (right and left, respectively). The counter begins at the start of a critical engine burn that TGO must conduct in order to enter Mars orbit. The altitude above Mars is also indicated, showing the arrival of Schiaparelli on the surface and the subsequent trajectory of TGO. The orbiter’s initial 4-day orbit will be about 250 x 100 000 km. Starting in December 2016, the spacecraft will perform a series of aerobraking manoeuvres to steadily lower it into a circular, 400 km orbit (not shown here).

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Credits: ESA/ATG medialab

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  1. What? The TGO will perform aerobraking? It is equiped with some sort of heat shield? How will the solar panels behaves within Mars' atmospehre? What will be the altitude of these aerobraking manoeuver?

  2. Earth, wait until the completion of this mission without any shocks!
    Live in peace!
    People, stop killing each other! Unite to achieve great goals! Love one another as your own children – and you will be lovede by Nature! Tsiolkovsky and Bradbury dreamed just about this!
    Let it be!
    Земля, дождись завершения этой миссии без потрясений! Живи в мире!
    Люди, перестаньте убивать друг друга! Сплотитесь для достижения великих целей! Любите друг друга, как своих детей – и вас возлюбит природа! Об этом мечтали Циолковский и Брэдбери!
    Да будет так!

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