First Joint EU-Russian ExoMars Mission to Reach Mars Orbit October 16

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The ExoMars spacecraft, the first ever Russia-EU project on the search of life on Mars, will reach the Red Planet's orbit on October 16.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The first ever joint project between the European Union and Russia on the search for life on Mars — the ExoMars spacecraft- will reach Mars’ orbit on October 16, the head of Roscosmos State Corporation said.

"We expect the ExoMars spacecraft to enter the orbit of Mars around October 16 and later start its work," Igor Komarov said.

This image provided by the European Space Agency, ESA, shows an artist·s impression depicting the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli, from the Trace Gas Orbiter, and heading for Mars - Sputnik International
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A Russian Proton-M rocket carrier lifted off with the ExoMars’ orbital and the landing modules from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14.

The ExoMars-2016’s main mission is to prove the existence of methane in the planet’s atmosphere, which would confirm the existence of life on Mars.

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