Thursday, November 22, 2012

European-Russian mission ExoMars in 2016 and 2018

The administration of the National Hot Air and Space USA (NASA) had to discard collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars expedition due to budget cuts; it seemed that the mission now will never be started. However, ESA continued to aggressively seek out potential partners and recently announced a proposed agreement with the Russian Space Agency, under which the Federal Space Agency shall provide two rockets to send spacecraft European-Russian mission ExoMars in 2016 and 2018.

The parties plan to prepare for the 2016 launch orbiter, plus the ESA should be built by 2018, the new Mars rover. Roscosmos will provide its rocket "Proton" to launch both spacecraft mission will develop scientific tools for orbital and lender, and will be responsible for landing the rover on the surface of the Red Planet.

ExoMars orbiter mission will study the Martian atmosphere and surface, and the six-wheeled rover will search for traces of the world, now or in the past life forms.

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