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ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) is a joint mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos to look for signs of life on Mars.

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Is it justified that ESA is pushing to launch Rosalind Franklin even after Schiaparelli landing failed? [closed]

As far as I am aware, ESA has not achieved a successful martian landing yet. Why is it still a good idea to try with full-scale rover, weighting more than Opportunity and Spirit (though less than ...
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What launch vehicle will be used for Exomars rover Rosalind Franklin?

I know that for TGO/Schiaparelli, Proton was used, but I don't know what will be for Rosalind Franklin.
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Why the big difference between NASA and ESA/Roscosmos in evaluating the Oxia Planum landing site?

In november 2018 ESA announced that the Oxia Planum region is favoured for the ExoMars surface mission. The figure above from this answer about the 21 potential landing sites for the Mars 2020 ...
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Is the ESA Roscosmos ExoMars Orbiter capable of detecting the NASA landers and rovers on the surface of Mars?

I know that ExoMars is controlled jointly by ESA and Roscosmos not by NASA. Is this satellite, placed in a near-circular 400 km altitude orbit, capable of detecting the American landers and rovers ...
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Why does ExoMars have more landing ellipse flexibility in 2020 than in 2018?

The BBC's ExoMars: Where to send Europe's robot rover? discusses the decision-making faced by the ExoMars Site Selection Working Group. The working group will spend Thursday and Friday discussing ...
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How will the Exomars rover communicate back to Earth?

I see here that the Exomars rover has only two UHF monopole antennas. Two UHF monopole antennas are used to communicate with Mars orbiters, including the Trace Gas Orbiter. Does it mean that it ...
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Why does ExoMars need stereo ground-penetrating radar “eyes”?

In the BBC News article Europe's Mars rover takes shape there is a short video describing the Structural and Thermal Model (STM) of the ExoMars Rover. After describing the drill box, the narrator in ...
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Will the ExoMars rover offer some unique science capability?

The BBC article Europe's science ministers to decide on ExoMars rover describes a substantial amount of discussion and soul-searching about the level of funding and capabilities for the rover part of ...
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Schiaparelli 2?

From what I know, space scientists always work on two prototypes just in case something goes wrong. Why wasn't this the case this time? and are there plans for a repeat of this mission soon?
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Insight on EDM Schiaparelli's IMU error and subsequent failed landing

Read this SpaceNews article which states,'1 second of Inertial Measurement error' caused the devastation in the Schiaparelli's landing sequence, causing it to free fall for 3.7 kms. What is exactly ...
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What are transonic oscillations (wrist mode) and would Schiaparelli have been transonic at 2 to 4 km altitude?

edit: Considering that the recent (23-Nov-2016) ESA update suggests that a saturation of the rotational sensors in the IMU may have set off a series of miscalculations leading to mission loss, the ...
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Was the time of Schiaparelli's landing chosen specifically so the Giant Meter Wave Radiotelescope could listen?

The ESA blog post Listening to an Alien Landing describes the plan to monitor a UHF beacon transmitted by Schiaparelli during it's upcoming descent and landing on Mars (2016-10-19 about 14:45 UT). The ...
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Could Schiaparelli's retroreflector array (still) be used?

update 2: It appears Schiaparelli has already been located by satellite. This still represents the first laser ranging retroreflector array deployed beyond the Earth-Moon system! So assuming it is now ...
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Will Exo Mars serve as a relay for non ESA/Roscosmos missions?

I know that Exo Mars TGO is intended to be a relay for Exo Mars Schiaparelli and Exo Mars Rover. However the orbiter could also serve as a relay for other missions. Is there currently any plan for ...
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Is this a first Mars aerobraking for ESA, or for anyone?

In the ESA video ExoMars at the Red Planet after about 02:10, it says: With ExoMars, ESA is going to use for the first time, a method called aerobraking for a spacecraft in orbit around Mars... ...
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Curiosity is still dirty! How will the ExoMARS Rover keep its solar panels dust-free and collecting sufficient power?

update: Current events makes this question even more poignant sols 5183 to 5189, Aug. 23, 2018 - Aug. 29, 2018: Team Continues to Listen for Opportunity Curiosity selfie has been released just a few ...