The TGO satellite has successfully completed the ignition needed to be captured by Martian gravity
The ExoMars mission is already in orbit around Mars. The orbital insertion of the Trace Gas Orbiter satellite occurred between 13:05 and 15:24 GMT on October 19, and ESA teams continue to monitor the status of the orbiter.
However, the contact with the surface of the mission lander is still not confirmed yet. Schiaparelli was released by the TGO at 14:42 UTC on 16 October. Schiaparelli was programmed to autonomously perform an automated landing sequence, with parachute deployment and front heat shield release between 11 and 7 km, followed by a retrorocket braking starting at 1100 m from the ground, and a final fall from a height of 2 m protected by a crushable structure. separated from TGO at 14:42 GMT on 16 October.
Schiaparelli is, above all, a module for technology demonstration, and those responsible for the mission reported in a news conference that the landing process occurred in accordance with expectations in almost every phase, but have not yet had time to analyze the data received from the last moments before reaching the surface.
ExoMars and NOMAD
On 14 March the European Space Agency (ESA) launched ExoMars, a mission to study the atmosphere and subsoil of the red planet and specifically to finding possible biological significance gases. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) has designed part of the NOMAD instrument, a key piece of ExoMars orbital specifically designed to study methane, a gas present on Earth mostly due to living beings and whose discovery on Mars was a surprise in 2004.