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ExoMars 2016
ExoMars Orbiter / EDM Mission to Mars

Goals: search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA's contribution to subsequent missions to Mars. This mission has two parts - a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) - that will travel together to Mars.

Development Status: Under construction.


Key Dates
Oct 2016:  Mars Orbit Insertion
Oct 2016:  ExoMars Demonstration Landing
Status: In Development
Fast Facts
ExoMars 2016 Facts The program is being supported by 14 European nations and Russia.

This will be the European Space Agency's first attempt to land on Mars.

The orbiter would map the variable distributions of trace gases in Mars' atmosphere, including methane and its isotopes.

The Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) is a key test in delivering Europe's first rover to the surface of Mars in 2018.

The lander will survive only a short time on the surface due to battery limitations.
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