CANNES (Sputnik) — In 2012, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos agreed on developing the ExoMars program with an objective to find out whether life ever existed on the planet.
Savelev explained that Russia had agreed to join the program on several conditions, including the necessary participation of Russian scientists in the creation of equipment and experiments, as well as an equal access to research results.
Under the ExoMars project, two missions will be carried out. In 2016, an orbital probe will be launched to Mars, followed by the arrival to Mars of a lander. In 2018, a Martian rover probe will be launched to explore the surface of the planet.