ExoMars Russian-European mission postponed for 2 years


The launch of the second ExoMars mission, which was supposed to take place in July of this year, is postponed to August-September 2022. This was announced the day before by Roskosmos and ESA.


Recall that ExoMars is a Russian-European Mars exploration program. The first mission in the framework of the project, which included the TGO and the Schiaparelli demonstration landing module, took place in 2016. The second stage, previously planned for 2020, included the sending to the Red Planet of the autonomous scientific station “Kazachok” and the rover “Rosalind Franklin”.

Roscosmos and the European Space Agency named two reasons for the delay: the coronavirus pandemic and the need for additional verification of spacecraft systems. At the same time, Alexander Rodin, an employee of the Space Research Institute (RAS), believes that COVID-19 was only a “convenient” excuse for postponing the launch. The decision was ripe for a long time, as European partners realized that the system was "raw", and landing on Mars was extremely risky technical point of view event.

It is worth noting that there are reasons for such a long period (2 years) of delay. This is due to the nature of planetary orbits. The fact is that our planet and Mars are in an ideal launching position every 26 months. Thus, after the cancellation of the July mission, scientists will have to wait for the next “window of opportunity”.
Photos used: ESO / G. Hudepohl
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 13 March 2020 16: 32
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    With my mind, I understand that Mars, the Moon are interesting and we need to do this. But when I receive housing and communal services receipts for taxes and salaries, the thought immediately shoots - WHY DO I HAVE THIS MARS?
    1. Observer2014 Offline
      Observer2014 15 March 2020 20: 08
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      Quote: steel maker
      With my mind, I understand that Mars, the Moon are interesting and we need to do this. But when I receive housing and communal services receipts for taxes and salaries, the thought immediately shoots - WHY DO I HAVE THIS MARS?

      You are a ground substance. And there is nothing to be done about this matter. For in rational hands and bright minds it’s clear that God’s day is that any technological aspiration of a person to higher matters is progress! Which implies new jobs, etc. etc. But we live in Russia. With all the ensuing consequences. We would have to attach this beloved president painlessly where in a good way. And then he, I feel, awakens yet, mom do not grieve.
  2. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 15 March 2020 09: 43
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    Now there is a lot of science fiction about space exploration. Some write that the planets of the solar system will be mastered in this decade. The landing of a man on the moon will show everything.