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Europe's New Era of Mars Exploration

Europe's New Era of Mars Exploration

Publication date: 05 November 2015

Journal: ESA Brochure
Volume: 327
Year: 2015

Copyright: ESA

This ESA brochure describes the ExoMars programme, with particular emphasis on the mission due for launch in 2016.

The ExoMars programme comprises two missions. The first (due to launch in March 2016) consists of the Trace Gas Orbiter, which will investigate the biological or geological origin of important gases on Mars, plus Schiaparelli, an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module.

The second mission is planned for launch in 2018 and comprises a rover with drill and a stationary surface science platform. ExoMars is a cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos.

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