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ExoMars Rover Testing On Earth Ahead Of 2018 Mission
2014-03-28 12:17:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A giant sand pit that mimics the surface of Mars will be helping test out the ExoMars rover before its trip to the Red Planet in four years. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency collaborated on the ExoMars rover, which will be launched in 2018. The mission will help address questions about whether life ever existed on Mars by looking at its atmosphere and drilling into the planet’s surface. ESA...

ExoMars Lander Module Has Been Named Schiaparelli
2013-11-11 08:21:37

ESA The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named ‘Schiaparelli’ in honor of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet’s surface features in the 19th century. ExoMars is a joint endeavor between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, and comprises two missions that will be launched to Mars in 2016 and 2018. The Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli make up the 2016 mission,...

Box Of Delights: Mars Sample Container
2013-10-30 06:47:12

ESA This spherical container has been engineered to house the most scientifically valuable cargo imaginable: samples brought back from the Red Planet. Still probably many years in the future and most likely international in nature, a Mars sample-return mission is one of the most challenging space ventures possible for robotic exploration. A robust, multifunctional sample container is an essential link in the long technical chain necessary to make such a mission successful....

ESA Mars Rover Desert Trial
2013-10-04 10:21:18

ESA Next week will see ESA’s most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet. The rover faces the desolate Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the closest terrestrial matches for Mars. Among the driest places on Earth, it lacks any vegetation and its red–brown soil and rocks make it look even more like Mars. The aim is to build up...

NASA Releases Details 2020 Mars Mission
2013-07-09 15:28:02

[ Watch the Video: Proposed 2020 Mars Rover Science Goals ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just last year NASA made an historic landing on the Red Planet with the most advanced rover ever built, Curiosity. Now, the space agency has unveiled plans for a rover in 2020 to extend its reach for Mars even further. NASA released a 154-page document on Tuesday detailing the Mars 2020 mission to look for signs of past life, collect samples to potentially return to Earth,...

ExoMars Mission On Track
2013-06-17 15:31:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its mission to Mars in 2016 has entered the final stages of construction. ExoMars received the signature of a contract Monday with Thales Alenia Space at the Paris Air & Space Show. ESA said this agreement marks a major milestone for the mission and for the private aerospace company. “The award of this contract provides continuity to the work of the industrial team members of...

Russian And European Space Agencies Finalize ExoMars Cooperation
2013-03-14 15:31:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) have finally signed a formal agreement to work together on the ExoMars program to determine whether life ever existed on Mars. Under the partnership, ESA agreed to provide the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) in 2016 as well as the carrier and rover in 2018. Roscosmos agreed to be responsible for the 2018...

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2012-08-12 08:16:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity made news headlines around the globe and restored the public's interest in the U.S. space program, but the pressure is on NASA to succeed in future planned missions to the Red Planet. While Curiosity "set the stage for a potentially game-changing quest to learn whether the planet most like Earth ever had a shot at developing life, but follow-up missions exist only on drawing...

NASA Looking For Future Mars Mission Ideas
2012-04-16 09:14:41

NASA, reeling from budget cuts to its space program, is planning its next Mars mission and wants help from scientists and engineers around the world to make it a reality, according to recent reports. The research into a new Mars venture is being taken on by NASA´s Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), with the goal of finding a relatively low-cost way to send a robotic mission to Mars by 2020, and a possible human mission in the 2030s. But a 21 percent budget cut to planetary science...


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