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New ExoMars parachute ready for high altitude drop
21 May 2021

A series of ground-based high-speed extraction tests confirm the readiness of a new and upgraded parachute and bag system for a high-altitude drop test in early June, part of critical preparations to keep the ExoMars 2022 mission on track for its next launch window.

ExoMars goes for a spin
5 March 2021

The full ExoMars 2022 mission comprising the carrier module, descent module, surface platform and rover have completed essential 'spin tests' in preparation for their journey to Mars. A new parachute strategy has been adopted ahead of the next series of high altitude drop tests. A rover twin on Earth has executed trial science activities for...

ExoMars discovers new gas and traces water loss on Mars
10 February 2021

Sea salt embedded in the dusty surface of Mars and lofted into the planet's atmosphere has led to the discovery of hydrogen chloride – the first time the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has detected a new gas. The spacecraft is also providing new information about how Mars is losing its water.

ExoMars parachute testing moves forward
18 November 2020

The parachute system that will help deliver the Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover to Mars has completed the first full-scale high altitude drop test with redesigned elements following two unsuccessful tests last year.

The way forward to Mars
1 October 2020

The path that ExoMars 2022 will follow to reach the Red Planet is set. The trajectory that will take the spacecraft from Earth to Mars in 264 days foresees a touchdown on the martian surface on 10 June 2023, at around 17:30 CEST (15:30 UTC).

ExoMars finds new gas signatures in the martian atmosphere
27 July 2020

ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has spotted new gas signatures at Mars. These unlock new secrets about the martian atmosphere, and will enable a more accurate determination of whether there is methane, a gas associated with biological or geological activity, at the planet.

From Earth to Mars: Rosalind Franklin's centenary of science
24 July 2020

If Rosalind Franklin had had a birthday wish, she probably never would have dreamed of having her name roving on Mars.

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