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Europe Lost Contact with Mars Lander 1 Minute Before Touchdown

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Schiaparelli Mars lander parachuting to surface

An artist's illustration of the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli Mars lander parachuting down to the surface during its Oct. 19, 2016 descent.

Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

After a suspenseful night waiting for a signal from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander, the European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed today that the spacecraft went silent less than a minute before it was set to reach the Martian surface Wednesday (Oct. 19).

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