- Again, the European Space Agency will try to detect if there is life on the red planet.
- The approval comes after 22 States members of the Agency adopted to contribute 440 million euros to the project.
- ESA’s first mission to the red planet crashed due to miscalculation in the vehicle.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed Monday that has the technical means to launch their mission to Mars in July 2020 in which will try to, for the second time, detect if there is life on the red planet.
“was the first mission to the red planet in October (from 2016) and, now, the second is confirmed “, has anunciadola Agency in a statement.
The first had generated controversy over an incident with the module entry and descent Schiaparelli, who was going to make scientific measurements on the surface of the planet and crashed due to miscalculation in the vehicle .
The European Space Agency made official Monday the agreement with the Consortium Thales Alenia Space to build the project and trials before the release of 2020.
“the main objective of the ExoMars programme is to focus on one of the most extraordinary scientific issues of our time: would there is or has been life on Mars?” explained.
The European Agency has moved forward with sophisticated equipment that will be on the surface picking up geological samples .
“will have the first (unit) able to drill up to two meters of the surface of Mars, where the biological markers are supposedly more protected from radiation”, says the text.
ExoMars 2020, Roscosmos – partner of ESA – s Russian Space Agency and be responsible for the instruments focused to capture the local atmosphere and surroundings.
Millionaire support the community international
the go-ahead to the second mission to Mars comes weeks after of the 22 Member States of ESA pactasen at a ministerial meeting in Lucerne (Switzerland) provide 440 million euro (460 million dollars) to explore the red planet.
The 22 Member States of ESA will provide 440 million euro to explore Mars “thanks to the renewed support of the members of the ESA at the recent ministerial meeting this new contract (with Thales) allows us to complete models of flight of the European part and follow well underway to launch in July 2020″, said ESA director specializing in flights human and robotic exploration , David Parker.
The place that provides the mission to land is in analysis and additional six months before the launch according to the ESA, which has indicated that the Oxia Planum region is a “strong candidate”, because there are signs that may have been preserved marks of living beings.
As he had been informed on Friday, the Italian division of Thales Alenia Space franco-italiana will be responsible for all the phase of conception again as it was in the Mission of 2016.
The 2016, had developed the module entry and descent Schiaparelli, to ended up smashing against the surface of Mars and the satellite for the study of gases trace (called TGO), which is currently orbiting the red planet.
The spaceship of 2020 includes a transport module, another downhill and a “rover” vehicle 300 kilograms, carried by a landing platform and able to explore the surface of Mars for 218 days Martians or near land 230.