Roskosmos funds creation of instruments for Exomars mission
This came in a statement at a news briefing Friday by the Director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Lev Zeleny.
The joint Roskosmos-European Space Agency project, ExoMars, provides for sending to Mars an orbital probe in 2016 and a robotized module in 2018, to bring back to Earth “Red Planet” soil samples.
Both spacecraft are due to be launched by Russian Proton-M booster rockets.
The European Space Agency has already invested over 400 million euros in the project.
The Europeans first thought they would carry out the project together with the US, but NASA chose to pull out, and the ESA then suggested that Roskosmos take part.
Voice of Russia, Interfax