Waspie_Dwarf Posted March 8, 2018 #1 Share Posted March 8, 2018 (IP: Staff) · Europe’s ExoMars orbiter nears start of methane-sniffing science mission Quote Nearly a year-and-a-half after arriving at the red planet, Europe’s ExoMars orbiter is finally approaching a planned perch around 250 miles over the rust-colored world after repeatedly dipping into the Martian atmosphere to lower its orbit. The end of a year-long “aerobraking” campaign moves the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter closer to starting regular science observations, a transition expected in April, when the mission will begin measuring how much methane is in the Martian atmosphere, an indicator of potential ongoing biological or geological activity. Read More: Spaceflight Now 3 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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