New NASA Images Confirm Schiaparelli’s Demise

The fate of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander is sealed.

An image taken Tuesday by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a series of impact crates strewn about the expected landing zone of the craft, with no sign of the lander itself. The craft’s back shell and parachute appear at the bottom of the image, while the heat shield rests in what appears to be several fragments at top right. A dark crater at the upper left is the only evidence of the craft’s landing.

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