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    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.

    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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    Mars, space exploration, ExoMars, Roscosmos, European Union, Igor Komarov, Russia
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