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Later this month, scientists and engineers will meet to choose which two, of four possible landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission, should be retained as candidates.
Published: 9 October 2015
A problem recently discovered in two sensors in the propulsion system of the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module has prompted the recommendation to move the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission, initially foreseen in January, to March, still within the launch window of early 2016.
Published: 18 September 2015
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) invite the scientific community to submit proposals for instrument(s) and instrument contributions in the ExoMars 2018 Surface Platform.
Published: 31 March 2015
Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.
Published: 1 October 2014
Some 60 scientists and engineers came together 26–28 March for the first ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Workshop, held at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid. Their task was to begin the process of drawing up a shortlist of the most suitable landing locations for ESA's first Mars rover.
Published: 3 April 2014
A state-of-the-art 'Mars yard' is now ready to put the ExoMars rover through its paces before the vehicle is launched to the Red Planet in 2018.
Published: 27 March 2014
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter module consisting of the spacecraft structure, thermal control and propulsion systems was handed over by OHB System to Thales Alenia Space France at a ceremony held in Bremen, Germany, today.
Published: 3 February 2014
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) [on behalf of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)] invite the scientific community to propose candidate landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission.
Published: 17 December 2013
The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named 'Schiaparelli' in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet's surface features in the 19th century.
Published: 8 November 2013
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) [on behalf of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)] invite the scientific community to apply for membership in the ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG). Deadline for receipt of applications is 25 November 2013.
Published: 1 November 2013
ESA's mission to Mars in 2016 has entered the final stage of construction with the signature of a contract today with Thales Alenia Space at the Paris Air & Space Show.
Published: 17 June 2013
ESA and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, have signed a formal agreement to work in partnership on the ExoMars programme towards the launch of two missions in 2016 and 2018.
Published: 14 March 2013
A drill that may help find well-preserved organic material from the early history of Mars is undergoing component qualification testing for ESA. Part of the ExoMars rover scheduled for launch in 2018, the drill needs to penetrate down to two metres whilst avoiding loose material distributed by the Martian wind.
Published: 20 September 2012
A crucial piece of ESA’s ExoMars Analytical Laboratory has been tested in realistic Martian gravity by taking it for a very special ride.
Published: 28 June 2011
ESA and NASA have announced the scientific investigations selected for their 2016 ExoMars lander demonstrator. They will probe the atmosphere during the descent, and return the first ever data on electrical fields at the surface of Mars.
Published: 10 June 2011
When Europe's 'Zero-G' Airbus takes to the air today it will be carrying technology developed for ExoMars. A part of the distribution system designed to transport Martian soil samples collected by the drill to the instruments inside the ExoMars rover will be tested in conditions simulating Martian gravity.
Published: 7 June 2011
The ExoMars programme has passed its System Preliminary Design Review, paving the way for the start of the implementation phase. At the final meeting of this review process, held on 13 December 2010, the review board expressed its confidence in the system design.
Published: 15 December 2010
ESA and NASA have today issued an announcement of opportunity for scientific investigations on the 2016 ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM).
Published: 30 November 2010
The 2nd ExoMars Industry Day, held on 23 September 2010 at the ALTEC facilities in Italy, was attended by 170 participants, representing 80 companies from 14 countries, including the USA and Canada.
Published: 1 October 2010
The 2nd ExoMars Industry Day will take place on 23 September at the Turin premises of Thales Alenia Space-Italy.
Published: 1 September 2010
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