BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), (Sputnik) — The launch of the first in the history of Russia-EU cooperation joint ExoMars mission to search for the traces of life on Mars is scheduled for 09:31 GMT on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The ExoMars's spacecrafts — the orbital and the landing modules — will be put into orbit by Russia's Proton-M space rocket.
The European Space Agency and Roscosmos agreed to develop the ExoMars program in 2012 to investigate the atmosphere of Mars and explore possible signs of life that was once on the red planet. Today's orbital probe launch is expected to be followed by a Mars rover probe in 2018.
On Sunday, head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov said that the ESA and Roscosmos were discussing the possibility to postpone the second part of the ExoMars mission from 2018 to 2020.