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The European space agency, has announced that its next mission to Mars will be delayed until 2022 due to the corona virus a pandemic.
In a statement posted on its web site, ESA, in conjunction with the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said that the second ExoMars mission, which is to be known as the Rosalind Franklin rover, needs to be tested.
There are also concerns that the novel corona virus, COVID-19 and can have an impact on the availability of the necessary staff to operate and maintain the rover.
“We have a difficult but carefully considered decision to postpone the launch until 2022,” – said Roscosmos General Director, Dmitry Rogozin, in the statement. “It’s primarily driven by the need to maximise the robustness of all of the ExoMars systems are considered to be force majeure circumstances related to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Europe, where our experts will be virtually no opportunity to continue to travel to the partner industries.
“I am confident that the steps we and our European colleagues in order to ensure that the mission is a success, it will be justified, and it will, without doubt, bring in only positive outcomes for the mission statement in its construction.”
The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on board NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the typical position of Mars, seen here in May of 2018 and beyond, and how the planet would look at a planet encircling dust storm in July of 2018.
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“We are 100 percent sure of a successful mission,” said ESA’s Director General, Jan Wörner. “We can’t allow for any margin of error. The more the control of activities to ensure a safe and secure journey to the best of the scientific results on Mars.”
The rover, which is scheduled to be launched in July 2020 and will have to learn more about the organic compounds that have been discovered on the Red Planet in 2018 by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Earlier this week, researchers published a new study that the compounds are “in keeping with the early-life” on Mars.
NASA is scheduled to launch a new rover to the planet Mars, also known as Persistence, on July 17th, by the year 2020. This rover will try to detect if there is any fossil evidence of alien life, in addition to other duties.
At the time of arrival on the Martian surface on Aug. 18, 2021, shall be a member of the still-in-operation, Curiosity, and the now-deceased, Opportunity rover on the Red Planet. In contrast to the Curiosity, or the Possibility of it, rover will be on the first helicopter, which will fly to a different planet,” NASA added.
NASA’s long-term goal is to have a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.
Fox News has been achieved by NASA in order to see what the plans are for the Perserverance, amended in the light of the COVID-19, the infected 132,567 of people around the world, as well as 5.6 percent on Thursday. The four-thousand-nine-hundred-forty-seven people have died from the virus.
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