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Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander


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Model of ExoMars lander Schiaparelli

A model of the ExoMars lander Schiaparelli, in front of European Space Agency scientists explaining its failed landing on Mars.

Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Photos of a huge circle of churned-up Martian soil leave few doubts: a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that was supposed to test landing technology on Mars crashed into the red planet instead, and may have exploded on impact.

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