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    EU, Russia Discuss Possibility to Delay 2nd Part of ExoMars Mission to 2020

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    Head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov said that the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos did not finish the negotiations on the possibility to postpone the second part of the ExoMars mission from 2018 to 2020.

    BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan) (Sputnik) — The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia's Roscosmos are discussing the possibility to postpone the second part of the ExoMars mission from 2018 to 2020, head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov said Sunday.

    "We have not finished the negotiations with the head of the ESA on the issue. The question about the possibility to postpone the second part of the ExoMars mission from 2018 to 2020 is being discussed, but the decision has not been yet made," Komarov told reporters.

    The ESA 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.

    Roscosmos and the ESA have agreed to launch two ExoMars missions, scheduled for 2016 and 2018 respectively.

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