The Trace Gas Orbiter and the module will arrive at Mars on October 19, in which they will enter orbit, and Schiaparelli will drop down onto the Martian surface as the TGO stays in orbit. This 2016 mission involves the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Schiaparelli Mission - the entry and decent of the Demonstrator Module.
The ExoMars mission's first low-resolution image of Mars was taken on June 13 from a distance of 25 million miles.
The Schiaparelli probe detached from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on Sunday.
It was apparently sending signals home when contact was briefly lost, said Michel Denis, the mission's flight director.
After releasing its precious charge on Sunday, the TGO was programmed to change course to avoid crashing into Mars. TGO will remain aloft and start the 12-month process of bleeding off energy so that it can transition into regular, circular orbit around the red planet.
"If you take a different landing planet, like Titan, the atmosphere was very dense, and therefore we have plenty of time to do even science during the descent". Schiaparelli's payload includes instruments to weather conditions as well as the temperature, transparency and electrification of the atmosphere on the surface of Mars.
Artist's concept of the Schiaparelli lander descending with its braking rockets.
Anyone expecting spectacular pictures from Schiaparelli itself might be disappointed-photos will be limited to 15 black-and-white shots of the Martian surface from the air, meant to help piece together the craft's trajectory.
Mars has become a graveyard for many a mission seeking to explore a planet that has captured the human imagination for millennia. Schiaparelli is expected to enter Mars' atmosphere at a speed of 21,000 kilometers an hour.
Schiaparelli will spend the next three days in hibernation to preserve its batteries.
That being said, it will also test out a landing system to be used for a future rover mission that will look for evidence of past or present living organisms.
The module's predecessor, the Beagle 2 had vanished on December 25 in 2003, after detaching from the Mars Express orbiter.
Both Schiaparelli and the Mars scenery in this animation are computer-generated. It is to be noticed that ESA has no past track record of landing a rover on Mars successfully. The orbiter is tasked to study the Martian gases, specifically methane, water vapor and nitrogen dioxide.
The times indicated in the animation are onboard spacecraft times at Mars.