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ESA/Russian Mars rover mission delayed


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ExoMars to take off for the Red Planet in 2022


The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch of the second ExoMars mission to study the Red Planet to 2022.

The joint ESA-Roscosmos project team evaluated all the activities needed for an authorisation to launch, in order to analyse the risks and schedule. With due consideration of the recommendations provided by European and Russian Inspectors General, ExoMars experts have concluded that tests necessary to make all components of the spacecraft fit for the Mars adventure need more time to complete.

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·
7 hours ago, tmcom said:

They need time to go to Walmart for the camera's.


The cameras are fine. It's deploying the large parachute that is needed in the extremely thin Martian atmosphere that is the problem.

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Europe's mission to search for evidence of life on Mars is likely to be on hold for several years as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Sky News has been told.

The British-built ExoMars rover was due to launch in September on a Russian rocket and descend to the surface of the red planet on a Russian lander.


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