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New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Cambridge-educated Franklin 'helped us understand life on Earth and now her namesake will do the same on Mars,' says UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore

NEW MARS ROVER. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Schiaparelli was on a test run for a future rover meant to seek out evidence of life past or present but it fell silent seconds before its scheduled touchdown on October 19

Schiaparelli parachute moves in the wind: A comparison of the 25 October image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE camera with that taken on 1 November. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Where's the Mars lander? Scientists anxiously wait for news

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:08 AM

Ground controllers wait anxiously for news on the status of a tiny European craft which touched down on Mars as part of a daring quest for life on the Red Planet but may not have survived the impact

Artist's impression visualizing the separation of the ExoMars entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, from the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). ESA/ATG medialab

Europe's Mars lander on track towards red planet

Oct 17, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Europe sends a tiny lander on a 3 day million kilometer 621 000 mile trek to the Martian surface to test drive technology for a daring mission to scout the Red Planet for evidence of life

ExoMars 2016 approaching Mars. ESA/ATG medialab

Delayed ExoMars mission gets 77-M euro boost

Jun 17, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The next stage of the mission will see the launch of a European rover capable of drilling up to two meters into the Martian surface in search of organic matter

EXOMARS. The double ExoMars mission will complement the work of NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been criss-crossing Mars' surface for more than 3 years. Photo courtesy of the European Space Agency

Phase 2 of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

May 02, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Space agency officials had warned that the follow on ExoMars mission originally scheduled for launch in 2018 might be delayed due to technical problems and cost overruns

MARS MISSION. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Core Module is pictured in the cleanroom of aerospace company OHB in Bremen, Germany, 03 February 2014. The module was handed over to representatives of a French company, which will complete the trace gas orbiter. The module is part of the Mars mission Exomars currently under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) and th eRussian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/EPA

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Apr 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Mars probe sends first pictures home

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:28 PM

The probe s high resolution camera is switched on for the first time on April 7 taking its first grainy black and white snapshots of space

EXOMARS. The first image taken by the Trace Gas Orbiter of the ESA–Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission. Image from ESA/RosCosmos/CaSSIS

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Mar 15, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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Rocket blasts off on mission seeking life on Mars

Mar 14, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Is there life on the Red Planet? The main objective of ExoMars 2016 is to analyze methane there – a possible indicator of life

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on March 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

Europe, Russia embark on search for life on Mars

Mar 12, 2016 - 10:32 PM

ExoMars 2016 the first of a two phase Mars exploration aims to photograph the Red Planet and analyze its air for evidence that life once existed there or may do so still

EXOMARS 2016. A handout picture taken and released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on March 11, 2016, shows the Russian Proton rocket, that will launch on March 14 the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft to Mars, standing on its pad of the launch complex at the Baikonour spaceport, Kazakhstan. Stephane Corvaja/ESA/AFP

Europe, Russia embark on search for life on Mars

Mar 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

With its suite of high tech instruments the Trace Gas Orbiter or TGO should arrive at the Red Planet on October 19 after a journey of 496 million kilometers

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Russia plans return to Mars, Moon despite money woes

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Next month a Russian Proton rocket is scheduled to launch the first of two missions under ExoMars a joint venture with the ESA to snoop out possible life past or present to the red planet

SPACE EXPLORATION. Under an ambitious plan with the European Space Agency, scientists have new hope of again sending missions to the Moon and to Mars. File photo from NASA