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There is no European mission to Mars this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

There is no European mission to Mars this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

A planned European Mars mission was canceled due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The European Space Agency reports that ESA† After the first mission to Mars in 2016, the agency planned to establish the second part of the ExoMars program this year with the Russian space agency Roskosmos. But according to the European Space Agency, that is no longer possible, both in practice and politically.

This year, the Mars rover Rosalind Franklin to land on Mars. The rover will then have to travel a few miles across the surface of Mars in search of signs of life. It was not clear when the mission would continue.

At the end of last month, the European Space Agency had already discussed postponing the launch and it is now final. The ESA director is looking for other organizations to collaborate on the project.

lying on the ground

The first part of the ExoMars program took place in 2016. A communications satellite was put into orbit around Mars. This part of the job has been accomplished.

At the same time with the satellite, the landing module Schiaparelli launch. He was supposed to look for signs of life on the Red Planet, but that didn’t go as planned.

When the landing module’s parachute had to open, 11 kilometers from the surface of Mars, contact with Earth was cut off. The European Space Agency announced that the parachute malfunctioned, causing an explosion Schiaparelli Maybe he fell to pieces.