Drop tests for touchdown on Mars

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The ExoMars team have performed important parachute drop tests as crucial preparation for a safe touchdown on Mars in 2023. The European Rosalind Franklin rover will search for signs of past life beneath the surface of Mars with its unique two metre drill and onboard laboratory. The Russian surface science platform Kazachok will study the environment at the landing site. Landing on Mars is always a challenging endeavour and all possible parameters are taken into account.

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10 Comments

  1. I'm really concerned about this mission because their "partner" has had a long and terrible track record with Mars, both as the Soviet Union and as Russia. Their last two Mars missions (Mars 96 and Phobos-Grunt) were both complete losses, and Roscosmos has been getting more and more erratic and unreliable every year. It would be horrible if, after all this effort, the Rosalind Franklin were lost due to yet another Russian launch failure that leaves yet another Mars mission stranded in a decaying suborbital trajectory to burn up in the atmosphere.

  2. I wish ESA more missions like this and with success at the end!
    Better funding in the future and less delays.
    PS: It would be more secure with Ariane 5 or even better with Ariane 6.

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