Mars methane mission set for lift-off
Monday, 14 March 2016 - 10:55
Europe and Russia are about to launch a joint mission to the Red Planet.
A Proton rocket is going hurl a satellite to Mars to investigate whether the methane in its atmosphere is coming from a geological source or is being produced by microbes.
If all goes well, the two space powers expect to follow up this venture with a rover, to be assembled in the UK, which will drill into the surface.
That could launch in 2018, or, as seems increasingly likely, in 2020.
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