Mars 96 surface station, artwork

Mars 96 surface station, artwork

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Credit: DAVID DUCROS, CNES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mars 96 surface station. Artwork showing one of the surface stations of the Russian Mars 96 mission landing on Mars after being released from orbit. This mission's launch on 16 November 1996 failed and the spacecraft broke up as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. It carried two surface stations and two penetrators. The surface stations were each contained in an aeroball, seen here below the parachute. The aeroball would cushion the impact and then deflate to allow the station to unfold. Instruments, including the US Mars Oxidant Experiment, would have measured meteorological, physical and chemical conditions.

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