Europe and Russia Push Back Next Mars Rover Mission to 2020

Europe and Russia Push Back Next Mars Rover Mission to 2020
May 03 13:07 2016 Print This Article

(GIZMODO) – Space agencies in Europe and Russia have sadly announced that their next mission to the surface of Mars with a rover will be delayed by two years, from 2018 t0 2020.

The rover is to be part of a two-pronged ExoMars mission by the European Space Agency and Roscosmos. The first stage has already been successfully launched into space. That mission is actually made up of two robotic probes—the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Schiaparelli entry, descent, and landing demonstrator. The second launch, however, is destined to put a full-size rover on the surface of the Red Planet, capable of drilling 6 feet down into the Martian crust.

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