Europe Russia to launch Mars mission in search of life

China Daily
Saturday 16th March, 2013

/enpproperty– Europe and Russia have signed a deal for a joint Mars mission, which will bore beneath the Red Planet’s surface for soil samples they hope will solve the mystery of whether there is life beyond Earth. The European Space Agency had hoped to work with NASA on the two-spacecraft ExoMars mission but turned to the Russians after the US agency pulled out due to budget shortfalls. The announcement comes amid heightened excitement over the search for life on the planet in our solar system most like Earth after scientists said analysis from NASA’s own mission rover, Curiosity, showed…

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