What We Expect To See Confirmed — By ESA — As Of Noon Eastern Today…

UPDATED: 10.20.16 @ 11:55 PM EDT — It now seems likely that the Schiaparelli lander made a hard landing on Mars. The ‘chute seems to have opened, and then detached early, and the retro-rockets fired for only a fraction of the expected duration. All of which — along with the radio silence — would largely point toward an obliterating, catastrophic crash on impact. Disappointing news, if it holds up — to be sure. Yet onward, as ever. [End, updated portion.]

[Earlier] UPDATE: 1 PM EDT — still no signal confirming that the Schiaparelli lander has made a safe touch-down, but the Indian tracking station may have been unable to lock on to the signal — it may be safe; we just don’t have proof of it yet. So we are (still) in white knuckle mode, here. [End, updated portion.]

Well — this is a moment when Europe “dares mighty things.” Again. White knuckle time.

And a computer animation of the first non-NASA engineered soft landing on Mars:

ESA LiveStream

[My apologies if that embedded framed link above doesn’t work on your browser. Here’s a solid in-line link.] Onward, to all of good will. . . a soft landing ahead, and hoping that estimable twisty copper colored space engineering prowess is rewarded — in Europe, later this morning. . . smile. . . .

नमस्ते

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