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Euro-Russia Mars mission was suspended due to Ukraine: What to expect next?

The Rosalind Franklin rover is unique among all the rovers planned for Mars as it can drill deeper than any before it - up to 2 metres below the harsh surface


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Just a few months ago, we were confidently expecting to launch our rover, Rosalind Franklin, to Mars in September as part of the ExoMars mission, a collaboration between Europe and Russia. The landing was planned for June 2023. Everything was ready: the rover, the operations team and the eager scientists.
The final preparations started in February 21, with part of our team heading to Turin, Italy, to carry out the final alignment and calibration tests. All was going well, though some of the team were slightly delayed by Storm Eunice in the UK.

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First Published: May 27 2022 | 2:11 PM IST

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