March 31, 2014

Mars yard ready for Red Planet rover

Posted by tourdemars to ExoMars at March 31, 2014 11:13 AM

A state-of-the-art ‘Mars yard’ is now ready to put the ExoMars rover through its paces before the vehicle is launched to the Red Planet in 2018. ESA, the UK Space Agency and Airbus Defence and Space opened the renovated test area in Stevenage, UK, today. ExoMars is a joint endeavour between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. Comprising two missions for launch to Mars in 2016 and 2018, ExoMars will address the outstanding scientific question of whether life has ever existed on the planet, by investigating the atmosphere and drilling into the surface to collect and analyse samples. Extended Mars Yard opening Extended Mars Yard opening The programme will also demonstrate key technologies for entry, descent, landing, drilling and roving.
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