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October 23, 2016
European craft crashed on Mars, possibly exploded: ESA
Paris (AFP) Oct 21, 2016
A tiny lander despatched to Mars on a trial run had crashed and possibly exploded on the Red Planet, mission control said Friday, confirming Europe's second failed attempt to reach the alien surface. The paddling pool-sized Schiaparelli craft "crashed on the surface of Mars", Thierry Blancquaert told AFP from European Space Agency (ESA) mission control in Darmstadt, Germany - ending two days of uncertainty about the lander's fate. A NASA photograph of the intended landing site revealed the 600- ... read more

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