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ExoMars payload: plenty of optics
The first of two ExoMars missions features a whole host of optics and photonics equipment to search for sources of methane and other signs of Martian life, as well as recording what promises to be a dramatic descent by the Schiaparelli module. The landing module (at the top of the image) and the larger trace gas orbiter are seen here during vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, last year. Photo: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015.
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