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20 March 2019
The platform destined to land on the Red Planet as part of the next ExoMars mission has arrived in Europe for final assembly and testing – and been given a name.
An announcement was made by the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos of its new name: ‘Kazachok’.
The ExoMars programme is a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos and comprises two missions. The Trace Gas Orbiter is already circling Mars examining the planet’s atmosphere, while the second mission – comprising a surface science platform and a rover – is foreseen for launch in 2020.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/H...anding_platform_arrives_in_Europe_with_a_name
 

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Title ExoMars PanCam filters
Released 27/05/2019 9:00 am
Copyright M. de la Nougerede, UCL/MSSL
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This may look like a collection of colourful contact lenses and in some respects there are some similarities: these are the filters through which the ExoMars rover – Rosalind Franklin – will view Mars in visible and near infrared wavelengths
http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2019/05/ExoMars_PanCam_filters

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2016.1548
 
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30 May 2019
On 15 June, the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will follow a different path. An ‘Inclination Change Manoeuvre’ will put the spacecraft in an altered orbit, enabling it to pick up crucial status signals from the ExoMars rover, Rosalind Franklin, due to land on the Red Planet in 2021.
After completing a complex series of manoeuvres during 2017, ExoMars TGO is now orbiting the Red Planet every two hours, collecting scientific data from NASA’s surface-bound rover and lander, and relaying it back to Earth. At the same time, the orbiter is gathering its own data on the planet’s atmosphere, water abundance and alien surface.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/ExoMars_orbiter_prepares_for_Rosalind_Franklin
 

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Title Fly over the ExoMars 2020 landing site
Released: 16/09/2019
Length 00:01:09
Language English
Footage Type Animation
Copyright TU Dortmund/NASA JPL-Caltech
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Scientists at TU Dortmund University are generating high-accuracy 3D models of the terrain in Oxia Planum on Mars, ahead of the arrival of the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars rover, Rosalind Franklin, in 2021. The Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) have a resolution of about 25 cm per pixel and will help scientists to understand the geography and geological characteristics of the region and to plan the path of the rover around the site.
www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2019/09/Fly_over_the_ExoMars_2020_landing_site
 

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15 October 2019
Positive steps towards solving the problems discovered with the ExoMars mission parachutes have been taken in the last month to keep on track for the July-August 2020 launch window.
The mission needs two parachutes – each with its own pilot chute for extraction – to help slow the descent module prior to landing on Mars. Once the atmospheric drag has slowed the descent module from around 21 000 km/h to 1700 km/h, the first parachute will be deployed. Some 20 seconds later, at about 400 km/h, the second parachute will open. Following separation of the parachutes about 1 km above ground the braking engines will kick in to safely deliver a landing platform – with a rover encapsulated inside – onto the surface of Mars for its scientific mission. The entire sequence from atmospheric entry to landing takes just six minutes.
http://www.esa.int/Science_Explorat...xploration/ExoMars/ExoMars_parachute_progress
 

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Ozone is a pretty big surprise since its existence is generally considered a marker for possible oxygen producing chemical reactions - especially plant life.

But before we get too excited there: Did somebody start the reactor?
 
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