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Tuesday, March 25, 2003



ESA to Launch Mars Rover in 2009

ExoMars logo.
ExoMars logo.
Credit: ESA
The European Space Agency announced today that it would be launching a Mars rover in the 2009 launch window. The rover will be highly mobile, capable of drilling down into areas of Mars that are believed to have harbored life in the past and that may harbor life in the present. The ExoMars project is still in the developmental stages, but it is likely to help cover any remaining gaps of knowledge that we will have after the latest set of missions to Mars sends back data.

The ExoMars will follow the Mars Express that has suffered delays this year, and will likely be influenced by any problems that the Mars Express mission has. It is the continuation of what is hoped to be a series of robotic missions to Mars in preparation of human habitation.

(More info: ESA, Kansas City Star)


- posted by Brian @ 16:04 EST