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All you need to know about the mission that ESA postponed in support of Ukraine

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The war also affected space exploration. On March 17, 2022, nearly a month after the invasion, The European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to cut ties with the Russian Federation space company Roscosmos.This put their most important joint project, the ExoMars mission, on immediate hiatus, now delayed until at least 2028.

What are ExoMars missions?

The ExoMars mission is ESA’s astrobiology program aimed at investigating whether life has ever existed on Mars. To achieve that, one strategy is based on Martian atmospheric studies, the other on geological studies.

In fact, the program is divided into two missions. The first one of his was launched in 2016, putting the Atmospheric Research Orbiter into orbit around Mars. The Trace Gas Orbiter Look for methane and other trace gases in the Martian atmosphere that reveal active biological or geological processes on Mars.

ExoMars 2016 approaching Mars.

The second part of the project will consist of the delivery of the Rosalind Franklin rover by the Russian robotic Mars lander Kazachok (Little Cossack). Originally, the mission was scheduled to launch in 2020, but the launch was postponed to September 2022 due to technical issues with the lander’s parachute.

Of course this didn’t happen Russia invades Ukraine In February 2022, ESA officially ended its cooperation with Roscosmos in July.

Now ESA is looking for a non-Russian landing platform to resume the mission.

Who Built the ExoMars Rover?

Exomers rovers are signs of past life on Mars, named after English chemist Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), who played a key role in unraveling the molecular structure of DNA An autonomous six-wheeled vehicle designed to search for

Weighing about 660 pounds (300 kg) and housed in about 18 instruments, it was built to penetrate the harsh Martian surface to a depth of 6 feet 7 inches (2 meters) to collect samples. Drill included.

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