European Mars rover delayed until 2022 | Science

Europe’s Rosalind Franklin rover can drill 2 meters into the surface of Mars.

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By Daniel CleryMar. 12, 2020 , 10:25 AM
Multiple technical issues will delay the launch of the ExoMars mission for 2 years until 2022, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, announced today. ExoMars includes a Russian-built landing station and an ESA rover that would drill 2 meters below Mars’s surface to look for signs of past or present life. Now, just 4 months from its originally planned launch, the mission has been postponed because of problems with its parachute system, solar panels, and electrical wiring.

“We cannot really cut corners,” said ESA Director General Jan Wöerner…

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