October 20, 2016 | Willow Enis Race

Watching the live stream of the European Space Agency's latest Mars probe landing was an emotional roller coaster. I didn't realise I could get so attached to such a faraway robot. ESA isn't sure of the probe's fate, and sadly it's not looking too rosy.

Data from the probe shows that its parachute and thruster rockets didn't work properly.

The ESA scientists aren't too disheartened, though. They can learn a lot from this potential crash. Let's hope the Mars rover that will land in 2021 fares better.

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Schiaparelli parachute

The probe's thrusters only fired for 4 seconds instead of the planned 30.

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