The heads of ESA and Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, will be meeting in Moscow on 12 March 2020 to discuss cooperation between the two organisations including the status of the ExoMars project and its progress towards launch readiness.
This meeting follows a working-level review of the rover and surface platform mission organised by the partners in late January.
ESA Director General Jan Wörner and Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin received a preliminary assessment from the joint project team on 3 February 2020 concerning the open work needed to authorise launch and requested that further assessments be made.
The heads of the two organisations will reconvene on 12 March to agree on the next steps.
The primary goal of the mission is to determine if there has ever been life on Mars, and to better understand the history of water on the planet.
Location: 4 Khoromny lane, Moscow
Time: 14:00–15:00 Moscow standard time (12:00–13:00 CET)
Jan Wörner, Director General, ESA
Dmitry Rogozin, Director General, Roscosmos
The briefing will be streamed at https://www.esa.int/esawebtv
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The ExoMars programme is a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos. The mission also includes the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) launched in 2016. The TGO is already both delivering important scientific results of its own and relaying data from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover and InSight lander. It will also relay the data from the ExoMars rover mission once it arrives at Mars.
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About the European Space Agency
ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.
ESA has established formal cooperation with seven Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.
Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.
Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int
ROSCOSMOS is a state corporation established in 2015 with the aim to implement a comprehensive reform of the Russian space industry.
ROSCOSMOS translates national policy into space activities and provides their legal regulation, engages industry for space engineering and development of infrastructure. The Corporation is also responsible for the development of international cooperation in space and utilisation of the benefits of space activities for socio-economic development of Russia.
Learn more about ROSCOSMOS at www.roscosmos.ru