The Mars rovers are about to get some company on the red planet. What is the ExoMars mission? Will it find life on Mars?
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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli Mission
"The Orbiter and Schiaparelli were launched together on 14 March 2016 on a Proton rocket and will fly to Mars in a composite configuration. By taking advantage of the positioning of Earth and Mars the cruise phase can be limited to about 7 months, with the pair arriving at Mars in October."
European Spacecraft Prepares to Land on Mars Next Week
"Ready for descent - deploy thrusters! The Schiaparelli spacecraft, part of the European Space Agency's (ESA) ExoMars mission to Mars, has received its landing commands for its expected Oct. 19 touchdown on the Red Planet, and a new video shows how the spacecraft will descend."
Two space agencies will attempt an historic landing on Mars next week
"The European Space Agency has teamed up with Russia's Roscosmos program to land a spacecraft on Mars on Wednesday, October 19. If they stick the landing, they'll join NASA as the only space agencies in history to successfully land a spacecraft on Mars (minus the failed Mars 3 probe). And that will only be the beginning - the lander will then start a whole new quest to search for signs of life on the Red Planet."
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Written by: Ian O'Neill