Philosophers say deeper learning can come from errors than from successful results. Some talk about how “the magic of success” often remains unexplained, while analyzing a failure can bring concrete understanding. In the case of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars 2016 mission, which ended with the crash of the Schiaparelli landing module, much has been learned. And design engineers working on the follow-on ExoMars 2020 will have to use this knowledge in a creative ...

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