ExoMars In Photos: Schiaparelli Probe's Mars Landing Day

Mission control awaits impact

ESA/P. Shlyaev

Mission control operators use these computers at the European Space Agency's mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany, to monitor Schiaparelli on its way to Mars.

ESA's Schiaparelli Team

ESA/P. Shlyaev

The team of scientists who worked on the Schiaparelli lander crowds around the monitors at ESA's space operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, while waiting on a signal from Schiaparelli.

Good Luck Peanuts

ESA/J. Mai

ESA provided "good luck peanuts" to the ExoMars crew to keep them fueled for the duration of the mission's arrival at Mars.

Anxiously waiting for a signal


ESA's mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany, fell dead silent as everyone anxiously awaited a signal transmission from ExoMars after the spacecraft 's orbit insertion.

Orbit achieved!


By the time the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter had entered Mars' orbit, ESA lost contact the the spacecraft flew behind Mars. At 12:34 p.m. (18:34 CEST) on Oct. 19.

A good sign


Michel Denis, Flight Operations Director for ExoMars, could barely contain his enthusiasm when ESA received the signal from ExoMars.

High-five, ESA!


The ExoMars 2016 mission control room in Darmstadt, Germany was ecstatic to hear from ExoMars after a long, gut-wrenching wait.

ExoMars Frog

ESA/P. Shlyaev

This stuffed frog joined ESA at the mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany, on the day of Schiaparelli's planned landing.

The ExoMars experts

ESA/P. Shlyaev

ESA officials pose for a photo at the ESOC mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany on Oct. 19 before the anticipated landing of the Schiaparelli spacecraft. From left to right: Mission Director Don McCoy, Operations Manager Daniel Firre, Flight Operations Director Michel Denis.

Schiaparelli wakes up

At 9:43 a.m. EDT (15:43 CEST) on the day of the landing, ESA received this signal confirming that the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module had woken up.

The faint line on this screen signaled to ESA that the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module had woken up at 9:43 a.m. EDT (15:43 CEST) on Oct. 19.

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at FutureFlight.aero and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at Space.com. As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.