Mars landing module
Landing safely on the surface of Mars is one of the most challenging tasks during any mission to the red planet. The European Space Agency’s entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM) will test a range of different technologies designed to provide a safe landing on the planet’s surface. The include a material for thermal protection, a parachute system, a radar Doppler altimeter system, and a braking system controlled by liquid propulsion.
The EDM will be transported by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter in 2016, a joint project led by ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, to map the sources of methane and other gases on Mars, and help select the landing site for the ExoMars rover. It will also carry out limited scientific studies over the course of nine Martian days.
July 13, 2012 11:43 AM PDT
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