MOSCOW, 19 Jul — RIA Novosti. The European space Agency (ESA) announced the receipt of a signal from the space station TGO mission “ExoMars-2016”.
In a message posted to Twitter, the Agency notes that the Earth passes a clean signal, which is currently being analyzed by experts. The signal was obtained as the output TGO of the radio shadow of Mars.
Our #ExoMars livestream returns at 20:25 CEST (18:25 GMT) with the latest news from #Mars on @ESA_EDM & @ESA_TGO https://t.co/B8RAWTxWoV
— ESA (@esa) Oct 19, 2016
TGO began braking on October 19 at 16.04 GMT. Brake motors of the vehicle operated for 134 minutes and achieved a low speed TGO to 1550 meters per second. At the end of braking the orbital module left in highly elliptical orbit where it will remain until the end of 2016. Control was complicated by the fact that shortly before the end of the braking TGO went behind Mars and out of radio shadow at 19.35 CET, i.e. more than an hour after the end of braking.
Trace Gas Orbiter – orbital module of the first stage of the project “ExoMars-2016”. It is designed to study small gas admixtures in the atmosphere and water ice in the Mars soil. The Russian space research Institute (IKI) Russian Academy of Sciences has prepared two instruments for the TGO: spectrometric system WITHIN and neutron spectrometer FRIEND.
The Orbiter TGO is planned in the future to use as a station relay for the Mars Rovers Curiosity and Opportunity (NASA) satellites and the next mission ECOMAG-2020.
ECOMAG 2016-the first in the history of cooperation between the European Union and Russia, the project to search for life on Mars. The launch of the project began with the launch vehicle (LV) “proton-M” with the upper stage “breeze-M” March 14, 2016 from Baikonur, when the ligament apparatus of TGO-“Schiaparelli” was displayed on the trajectory of the flight to Mars. The main objective of the mission 2016 — the search for evidence of methane in the planet’s atmosphere, which could confirm the presence of life or activity in the present or the past of Mars, and to test key technologies for the second expedition ExoMars, scheduled for 2020.