How We Know Europe’s Mars Lander Crashed

Shortly after the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli arrived at Mars, the lander disappeared. What happened to it? How do we know?

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What Europe’s Other Lost Mars Lander Could Tell Us About Schiaparelli’s Fate
http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a23475/beagle-2-schiaparelli/
“Another Martian mission, this one conducted more than 13 years ago, landed on Mars in an eerily similar fashion. The ending of that story could tell us something about Schiaparelli’s future.”

Schiaparelli, the European Perspective
http://exploration.esa.int/mars/47852-entry-descent-and-landing-demonstrator-module/
“One of the core scientific goals of any mission to Mars is the search for evidence of life. The best approach is to investigate the surface where the evidence may lie. The key element for accessing the surface of Mars and one of the greatest challenges in space exploration is the successful execution of the entry, descent and landing sequence.”

Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars, in Color
https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia21132/schiaparelli-impact-site-on-mars-in-color
“The ExoMars project received data from Schiaparelli during its descent through the atmosphere. ESA reports that the heat shield separated as planned, the parachute deployed as planned but was released (with back shell) prematurely, and the lander hit the ground at a velocity of more than 180 miles per hour (more than 300 kilometers per hour).”
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