Rosalind the rover has six wheels and a unique way of moving across the Red Planet.Each wheel pair is suspended on a pivoted bogie so each wheel can be steered a...Europe has been in orbit around Mars for more than 15 years and is almost a year away from launching its first rover mission, but ambitions are already running high to go one step further: returning a sample from the Red Planet.
Long-term planning is crucial to realise the missions that investigate fundamental science questions like could life ever have evolved beyond Earth?
ESA has been exploring Mars for more than 15 years, starting with Mars Express and continuing with the two Exo Mars missions, keeping a European presence at the Red Planet into the next decade. As well as exploring the Universe and answering the big questions about our place in space we develop the satellites, rockets and technologies to get there. All this week we're highlighting different aspects of science at ESA. Eleven finalists have been chosen to have their recordings sent to the Red Planet on the Exo Mars 2020 mission.
The rover’s Analytical Laboratory Drawer (ALD) flight model completed its thermal and...
New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the Exo Mars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit.
Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet, according to data from the ESA-Roscosmos Exo Mars Trace Gas Orbiter be...
Two ancient sites on Mars that hosted an abundance of water in the planet’s early history have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 Exo Mars rover and surface science platform: Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis.ESA has a long tradition of naming its missions for great scientists, including Newton, Planck and Euclid.“This name reminds us that it is in the human genes to explore.The Exo Mars rover that will search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet has a name: Rosalind Franklin.The prominent scientist behind the discovery of the structure of DNA will have her symbolic footprint on Mars in 2021.“This rover will scout the martian surface equipped with next-generation instruments – a fully-fledged automated laboratory on Mars,” says Tim.“With it, we are building on our European heritage in robotic exploration, and at the same time devising new technologies.” The rover will relay data to Earth through the Trace Gas Orbiter, a spacecraft searching for tiny amounts of gases in the martian atmosphere that might be linked to biological or geological activity since 2016. Last November a group of experts chose Oxia Planum near the martian equator to explore an ancient environment that was once water-rich and that could have been colonised by primitive life.The Exo Mars rover has a brand new control centre in one of Europe’s largest Mars yards.The Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) was inaugurated today in Turin, Italy, ahead of the rover’s exploration adventure on the Red Planet in 2021.“Returning martian samples is a huge challenge that will require multiple missions, each one successively more complex than the one before,” says David Parker, ESA’s Director of Human and Robotic Exploration. We want to delve into its mysteries and bring back knowledge and benefits to people on Earth.Returned planetary samples are truly the gift that keeps on giving – scientific treasure for generations to come,” he adds.