The probe MRO received the first color pictures of the crash site of the lander “Schiaparelli”, on which you can see a dark spot from the exploding engines of the lender and the bright white glow of his parachute, protective shields and the hull fragments, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the ESA.
On Wednesday 19 October, a joint Russian-European mission “Eczemas-TGO” arrived to the red planet and tried to solve two critical tasks the output TGO of the probe into a stable orbit Mars and landing demonstration lander “Schiaparelli” on the plateau of Meridian at the equator of the red planet.
The first part of the mission ended successfully probe TGO entered the calculated orbit and transmitted to Earth data collected during observations during the process of planting “Schiaparelli”. The lander successfully made the braking procedure, dropped the heat shield, the parachutes opened, then communication with him ceased.
The module has ceased to submit signs of life in 50 seconds prior to estimated landing time, approximately the moment when the parachute was separated from the “Schiaparelli” and the module was supposed to include brake motors. According to the ESA, at this point a failure has occurred in the radar of the lender that made its operating system to find that “Schiaparelli” has already landed and cut the engines just 3-4 seconds after their inclusion.
In the future, NASA’s MRO has obtained pictures of the crash module, which confirmed that it indeed crashed. These pictures were taken by the MRO cameras in black-and-white mode that is not allowed until the end to assess what exactly happened with the “Schiaparelli” and to understand whether the bright spot surrounding a black crater at the point of incidence of the module, its fragments or graphical artifacts.
During one of the last flown over the crash site the MRO received color photos of the crater, which confirmed that the bright spots are indeed the objects of artificial origin, and compression and encoding of images, and in the crater you can see several bright spots that can also be fragments of “Schiaparelli”.
Compare these new pictures with black and white pictures obtained at the end of October, shows that the parachute module has shifted to the West, probably under the influence of wind or as a result of his partial sleep sand.
As hope in ESA, further study of these photos and the new images that NASA has promised to in two weeks, will help to clarify the theories on the collapse of the module, which was developed in the Agency based on data transferred “Schiaparelli” on the probe TGO immediately before the disaster.