The ExoMars rover mission has been postponed to 2022, thus ending hopes of launching this summer.
In a statement released Thursday, March 12, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Roscosmos Space Agency said it needed more time to complete all necessary tests of its spacecraft and related equipment. For example, it wants to Most important parachute Designed to reduce the speed of homelessness as it moves into the Martian atmosphere at speeds up to 13,000 mph. Several other issues with hardware and software also need to be addressed.
ESA Director-General Jan Wörner told reporters this week that it is not surprising that coronaviruses are also affecting preparations, "because people from different industries in Russia, Italy and France cannot move as easily as in the past . "
This is the second major delay in the project's life cycle. The original 2018 start date was postponed to 2020 due to various reasons.
Similar NASA's upcoming 2020 Mars missionExoMars' mission goals include finding out if there is some form of life on Mars, and better understanding the history of water on the "red planet." ExoMars Rover (pictured below)-named after the DNA Blazers Rosalind Franklin-includes a miniature life search laboratory and a rig that goes underground to Mars.
The revised timetable of ESA and Roscosmos (below) shows the planned launch window from August 2022 to October 2022. The Mars rover reached the surface of Mars between April 2023 and July 2023.
Roscomos director general Dmitry Rogozin says In the statement, the decision to postpone the task for two years was "difficult and weighed", while Werner commented: "We want to ensure that we are 100% successful in our mission. We cannot tolerate any room for error. More verification activities will Ensure safe travel on Mars and get the best scientific results. "
Correspondents across the pond understood, one of them was NASA Deputy Director Thomas Zurbuchen, A "difficult decision" Given the complex challenges of this task, the team is "inspiring everyone to work hard."
When it finally reaches Mars, it will join the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which has been conducting scientific research since entering Mars orbit in October 2016, and will also be used when the ExoMars Mars Rover eventually communicates Communication link arrived. It is worth mentioning that the Schiaparelli lander of the TGO mission crashed on the surface of Mars after a sensor failure during the descent in 2016, which is undoubtedly the primary consideration of the active ESA / Roscosmos team.