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Searching for life on Mars

  • 1st phase began in 2016, 2nd is scheduled for 2020
  • Mission: Search for life on Mars
  • Joint European/Russian venture
  • Airbus Defence and Space is developing ExoMars rover

The European and Russian space agencies (ESA and Roscosmos respectively) launched their joint mission on 14 March to test technology for future exploratory surface missions on Mars. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, expected to reach the Red Planet in October, will study its atmosphere and drop a lander on its surface.

This is just the first part of the programme whose ultimate goal is to search for life on Mars. The second part, scheduled for 2020, will put a 300 kg rover on the planet. Capable of drilling up to 2m below the surface, it would search for signs of past or present life. The collected data will help to evaluate risks for future manned missions.

The ExoMars rover, a robotic Mars vehicle, is currently under development by Airbus Defence and Space.

See also

Mars Rover in trafalgar square

Bridget, the Mars Rover built by Airbus Defence and Space for ESA’s ExoMars mission was featured on 7th of November in Trafalgar Square, London (UK) for the launch event of National Geographic’s new TV series ‘MARS’. 

More info on Mars Rover Here


State-of-the-art extended Mars Yard rover test area at Stevenage site    
The challenges of Mars      
What is ExoMars      
The rover is expected to travel several kilometers during its mission      
The ExoMars Rover will be the next rover to land on planet Mars      
Meet the Rovers Bryan and Bruno      
WorldSpaceWeek – Discover the Mars Yard      
Mars Rover in Trafalgar Square      
METERON - Promo clip      
Space exploration by Airbus Defence and Space      
Orion ESM - Service module for NASA's spacecraft Orion - Clip 2      
Orion ESM - Service module for NASA's spacecraft Orion - Clip 1      
Europe's first Mars Rover and their sandy "playground"      

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