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Russian-European Mars mission suspended due to Ukraine war


The Russia mission was planned to be launched in September using a Russian launcher and lander to put the rover to drill into the soil on Mars in search of signs of life.

Russian-European Mars mission suspended due to Ukraine war

Ukraine war: Russian space agency responded to EU sanctions by suspending launch (Representational)

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The European Space Agency said Thursday that a Russian-European mission to land a rover on Mars has been suspended because of sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and its “tragic consequences”.

Confirming the suspension of the ExoMars mission, the agency said, “We are deeply saddened by the human casualties and the tragic consequences of aggression towards Ukraine.”

The mission was planned to launch in September using a Russian launcher and lander to keep the rover drilled into the soil on Mars in search of signs of life.

However, the Russian space agency Roscosmos responded to EU sanctions by suspending the launch and withdrawing more than 100 of its workers from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

ESA’s ruling council said in a statement on Thursday that its director-general will now “conduct a fast-track industrial study to better define the options available to implement the ExoMars rover mission”.

ExoMars was originally planned to be launched in 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was to be launched by a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, then carried to Mars by Russia’s Kazachok lander.

The Rosalind Franklin rover, named after an English chemist and DNA pioneer, would require massive modification to get into space without Russian help – and the launch window only comes about every two years.

All other ESA missions using Russia’s Soyuz rockets have been suspended, the agency said.

They are the two satellites for Europe’s Galileo GPS system, the Euclid Space Telescope mission and the European-Japanese Earthcare observation satellite.

The ESA statement said that “the International Space Station program continues to operate nominally”.

Over the weekend, the head of the Russian Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, warned again that Western sanctions on Russia could lead to the crash of the ISS.

There are fears that rising tensions between the US and Russia could leave American astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who is due to return to Baikonur on a Soyuz rocket later this month, stranded at the checkpoint.

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