ExoMars – Protection for life on Mars

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The ExoMars mission foresees Rosalind Franklin the rover and its surface platform Kazachok landing on the Red Planet in 2021. The rover will move across many types of terrain, collect samples with a 2 m-long drill and analyse them with instruments in its onboard laboratory.
This episode about ExoMars shows the integration of the locomotion system and the science payload to the rover in a specially designed, fit-for-purpose cleanroom at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, United Kingdom.
Mars is a primary target in the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life, past or present. There are stringent planetary protection requirements in place to make sure that ExoMars does not introduce terrestrial biological contamination to the Red Planet. ESA ensures planetary protection according to the legal obligations of the United Nations Outer Space Treaty.
Microbiological contamination is strictly controlled during the assembly of the rover. The cleanroom is amongst the cleanest places on Earth, cleaner than a standard hospital operating theatre thanks to filtered air, application of rigorous cleanliness procedures and workers who remain fully shrouded within ‘bunny suits’.
The rover spent 18 months at Stevenage before departing for Airbus Toulouse, France at the end of August, for four months of environmental testing to confirm it is ready for the conditions on Mars.

More information on ExoMars: http://www.esa.int/exomars
Credits: ESA, Airbus Defence and Space UK, ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

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14 Comments

  1. A história contada até à apoteose do lançamento e da aterragem do robô Rosalind!! Gostei da simular de Marté!! Força pessoal da ESA continuem, para mim estão a ir muito bem!! É um projecto especial para um planeta especial!! As conquistas podem conseguir-se com pequenos passos …mas não poderão os resultados ser mais gratificantes nesta aventura cósmica??

  2. @ESA Greeting from the US.
    I'm very excited to see what answers we may get from this project.
    Hope your staff and research can finally answer one of mankind's biggest
    questions. Keep up the important work, and godspeed!

  3. Ya gotta be in excellent physical shape to live on Mars. Too bad nothing is mentioned about mental health, I see psychopaths losing their collective minds out in space. Without a habitable planet, seriously, they'd go nuts, like a momma's boy without his momma around.

  4. Has anyone thought of sending a rover equipped with a flying drone to mars? or is the atmosphere to weak to develop any sort of drone?

    GPS couldnt be used but you could have 3 beacons land and have it operate from within and even around the triangle allowing for some pretty amazing video and images.

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