European Mars lander’s fate unclear, ‘not good signs’

Italian Space Agency President Roberto Battiston talks to journalists in front of a rendering of the Schiaparelli Space Module and of the planet Mars is displayed on a movie screen, during an event on the occasion of the insertion of the Trace Gas Orbiter into orbit around Mars, and landing of the Schiaparelli module on the surface of the planet, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Italian Space Agency President Roberto Battiston talks to journalists in front of a rendering of the Schiaparelli Space Module and of the planet Mars is displayed on a movie screen, during an event on the occasion of the insertion of the Trace Gas Orbiter into orbit around Mars, and landing of the Schiaparelli module on the surface of the planet, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — A senior European Space Agency official says that the signal from the experimental Schiaparelli probe cut off before its landing on Mars, which he says isn’t a good sign.

Paolo Ferri, ESA’s head of operations, said the signal “stopped shortly before landing.”

He cautioned that more analysis of the data was needed to understand what had happened to the experimental lander during Wednesday’s descent.

He says it is too soon to jump to conclusions but “it’s clear that these are not good signs.”

He said that an update is expected on Thursday.

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