Monday, March 14, 2016

ExoMars on its way

Read about the ESA-Roscosmos mission to Mars (article). The first of two, actually. The Proton-M rocket lifted off today from Baikonur. With an orbiter and descent craft, they will test equipment, measure rare gases and electric fields.

graphic showing ExoMars lander and orbiter near Mars

In mid-October, the two vessels will separate and begin their distinct missions.

The orbiter uses Canadian hardware: the communication antenna subsystem built by MDA.

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