Roscosmos postpones Mars exploration mission after failed parachute tests

Roscosmos postpones Mars exploration mission after failed parachute tests
# 15 August 2019 15:15 (UTC +04:00)

"The launch of the ExoMars-2020 mission is planned to take place during the 'astronomic window' from July 26-August 13, 2020, with landing on Mars scheduled for March 2021," Roscosmos said, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos said in a statement on Thursday that the launch of the joint Russian-European ExoMars-2020 astrobiology mission, aimed at searching for evidence of life on Mars, had been postponed after the recent failure of tests of the parachutes needed for the landing.

Meanwhile, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has previously said that the joint mission of Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) will be launched on July 25, 2020.

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