From “Space Oddity” to “Life on Mars”
* ExoMars is a joint exploration program between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, that aims to study the Martian environment, atmosphere and soil. It will lead to an enviable data harvest that will feed scientists' research for many years to come. Thales Alenia Space is prime contractor on the ExoMars missions (2016 & 2020), leading an industrial consortium. Within the consortium, Leonardo will provide the soil sample drill, OHB the carrier module and various rover instruments, with the rover itself supplied by Airbus Defense & Space. NPO Lavochkin will build the landing platform.
Artistic views 1 & 3: © ESA/ATG medialab
Artistic views 2, 4 and 5: © Thales Alenia Space/Master Image Programmes
ExoMars Rover - Cartoon: © Aster