ESA Confirms Separation of Lander Module From ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

© ESAThe ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and its entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, approaching Mars.
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and its entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, approaching Mars. - Sputnik International
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Flight Director Michel Denis confirmed that the Schiaparelli lander has successfully separated from ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Schiaparelli lander has successfully separated from ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), the European Space Agency (ESA) said Sunday.

"Nice clean carrier seen from @ESA_TGO, now working towards restoring telemetry," ESA posted on its official Twitter account, where earlier the separation was confirmed by Flight Director Michel Denis.

​A Russian Proton-M rocket carrier lifted off with the ExoMars’ orbiter and the landing modules from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in March.

The ExoMars-2016’s main mission is to prove the existence of methane in the planet’s atmosphere, which could lead to the confirmation of the existence of life on Mars.

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