>> Lost in space or at least on the surface of Mars. The European space agency saying it's been unable to confirm the safe touchdown of its Schiaparelli lander, as it lost contact with the probe just before landing. Scientists at the space operations center in Germany now waiting anxiously for a signal.
But admit that it's not a good sign that transmission has ceased. Landing on Mars is a notoriously difficult task says Reuters Correspondent, Maria Sheehan.>> Landing on Mars is very difficult. So far, more attempts to land on Mars have failed than have succeeded. There are boulders to run into.
There are unpredictable winds and there are dust storm.>> To reach Mars, the probe had to push it's way through dense atmosphere and temperature of 1,600 degrees celsius. It's outer shell protecting sensitive instruments on board. It's mission, to look for any signs of life either from the past or the present.
And even if the probe did land safely, it's not long for that world.>> The Schiaparelli lander will only survive on the surface for a few days. Its main purpose is to test the landing technology for Europe's rover which will follow in 2020. In terms of the lander, it's basically a dress rehearsal.
But the craft on which the lander traveled to Mars also has an atmospheric probe. Likely keeping his eye on this dry run is billionaire and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has pledged to send humans to Mars within a decade. Cargo that we hopefully won't lose contact with.