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[ESA PR-17 2010]  ESA and NASA have selected the scientific instruments for their first joint Mars mission. Scheduled for 2016, it will study the chemical makeup of the martian atmosphere, including methane. Discovered in 2003, methane could point to life on the Red Planet.
Published: 2 August 2010
ESA and NASA have today issued an announcement of opportunity soliciting proposals for scientific instruments for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, one element of the joint ESA-NASA ExoMars programme.
Published: 15 January 2010
The ESA Council has just given the go-ahead to proceed with the implementation of the ExoMars programme. This decision paves the way for two Mars exploration missions in cooperation with NASA in 2016 and 2018.
Published: 17 December 2009
Announcement of Opportunity for ExoMars Orbiter instruments to be released in January 2010.
Published: 14 December 2009
ESA Member States have provisionally agreed to plans for ESA's role in an international Mars Robotic Exploration Programme. The decision, taken at a recent ESA Council meeting, foresees a Mars Orbiter with a small static lander, to launch in 2016, and the change of launch date for the ExoMars Rover mission.
Published: 16 October 2009
From 1 to 24 August 2009, an international team of scientists participated in the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE) in Norway, conducting scientific research and testing instruments for future ESA and NASA Mars robotic missions.
Published: 15 September 2009
On 29 and 30 June the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood met NASA's Associate Administrator for Science, Ed Weiler, in Plymouth, UK, to establish a way for a progressive programme for exploration of the Red Planet.
Published: 8 July 2009
The cornerstone of ESA's Aurora exploration programme is ExoMars, a mission to deliver Europe's first planetary rover to the Red Planet. After more than a year of studying various mission concepts, the ExoMars team is preparing to move on to the detailed design of the ExoMars spacecraft and rover.
Published: 5 March 2008
The European Mars Science and Exploration Conference: Mars Express and ExoMars will be held in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, from 12 to 16 November 2007. The conference will reflect on the many discoveries of Mars Express, and look towards the ExoMars mission - the next step in European exploration of Mars.
Published: 6 November 2007
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