Mars lander failure

The European Space agency has released new images of its doomed Mars lander, which is thought to have disintegrated after hitting the planet’s surface at high speed – rather than touching down gently as planned.

The images show that the craft touched down well within its target landing zone, but that something went catastrophically wrong during the descent. It is thought that the thrusters that slow the craft down only fired for 3-4 seconds rather than the 30 they were required to.

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