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Announcement of Opportunity for ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module Science

ESA and NASA have today issued an announcement of opportunity for scientific investigations on the 2016 ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM).
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Testing the Exomars rover in Mars-like conditions

A couple of clicks of the mouse are enough to send the ExoMars rover with its six flexible metal wheels moving across the sand tank towards the first obstacle. Bernhard Rebele, Maximilian Apfelbeck and Sebastian Kub from the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics have built a challenging obstacle course, which really puts the rover to the test.
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Caltech, Canadian Space Agency Awarded NASA Project to Develop Spectrometer Headed to Mars

Instrument will look for evidence of life and volcanic activity on Mars; will fly aboard ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter in 2016

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced today that they will be partnering on the development of the Mars Atmospheric Trace Molecule Occultation Spectrometer (MATMOS) instrument to be flown aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter when it launches in 2016.

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Member-states of the European Space Agency (Esa) have given final approval to revised plans to explore Mars.
There have been protracted discussions on what Europe could do at the Red Planet and how much it might cost.

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ESA Member States give green light to ExoMars

ESA's Council yesterday gave the go-ahead to proceed with the implementation of the ExoMars Programme. This decision paves the way for two Mars exploration missions in cooperation with NASA in 2016 and 2018.
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Europe's Mars plans move forward
European states have agreed in principle to a re-shaping of their plans to explore Mars.
Delegations to the European Space Agency (Esa) approved at their council meeting the idea of delaying the flagship ExoMars rover mission to 2018.

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A quarry in the south of England has been the site of an "eye test" for Europe's planned rover mission ExoMars.
The quarry - chosen for its similarity to Martian terrain - saw cameras and image processing software tested on the ExoMars prototype rover Bridget.

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NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have unveiled a joint plan for exploring Mars in the latter half of the next decade. ESA will build a trace-gas orbiter, able to map plumes of methane in the atmosphere, for launch in 2016. This could help to target landing of the agency's flagship rover, ExoMars, and a mid-sized NASA rover, due for launch in 2018.

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Surveillance sandpit tests future Mars rover
In preparation for the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission to the Red Planet in 2018, the agency's engineers are playing in a large sandpit in Noordwijk in the Netherlands. But they aren't using plastic buckets and spades.
The 90-square-metre playpen, known as the Planetary Utilisation Testbed is filled with sand, soil, gravel and rocks designed to recreate the look and feel of the Mars surface.

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