The mission

The ExoMars programme comprises two missions: the first – the Trace Gas Orbiter – launched in 2016 while the second, comprising a rover and surface platform, is planned for 2022. Together they will address the question of whether life has ever existed on Mars.

The launch

  • ExoMars 2016: 14 March 2016 (arrived 19 October 2016)
  • ExoMars 2022: August – October  (landing April or July 2023)
  • Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan
  • Launcher: Proton
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ExoMars rover
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Parachute bag
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Mars Express
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ExoMars parachute progress

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ExoMars rover ready for environment testing

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PanCam mast fitted to ExoMars rover
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All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover

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ExoMars 2022 parachute deployment sequence
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ExoMars parachute testing continues

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LaRa team beside thermal vacuum chamber
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ExoMars radio science instrument readied for Red Planet

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ExoMars 2022 parachute deployment sequence
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ExoMars 2020: progress and challenges

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Exomas lander platform
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Call from Mars winners shortlisted

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
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ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin

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Martian moves under control on Earth
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A European mission control for the martian rover

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ExoMars laboratory passes Red Planet simulation

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter analyses the martian atmosphere
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First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

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New Norcia antenna supports NASA's InSight lander on Mars
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Mars calling

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Welcome to Europe, Kazachok
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ExoFiT rover in Chile
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Fit for Mars

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ESA’s Mars rover has a name – Rosalind Franklin

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ExoTeR rover
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ExoMars software passes ESA Mars Yard driving test

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Oxia Planum texture map
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Oxia Planum favoured for ExoMars surface mission

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Dust devil tracks on Mars
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ExoMars rover
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ExoMars rover structural model
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Red Planet rover set for extreme environment workout

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ExoMars images Korolev Crater
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ExoMars returns first images from new orbit

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ESA and NASA to investigate bringing martian soil to Earth

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Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars
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ExoMars poised to start science mission

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First test success for largest Mars mission parachute

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Surfing complete

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Schiaparelli landing investigation completed

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ExoMars rover
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Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen

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Flying over Mellish crater
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ExoMars science orbit 5–6 March
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Science checkout continues for ExoMars orbiter

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Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars
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Angling up for Mars science

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Destination Mars
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Full go-ahead for building ExoMars 2020

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Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars
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Skimming an alien atmosphere

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ExoMars first colour image of Phobos
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ExoMars orbiter images Phobos

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First views of Mars show potential for ESA’s new orbiter

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Schiaparelli landing investigation makes progress

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Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars
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Schiaparelli impact site
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Schiaparelli crash site in colour

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Zooming in on Schiaparelli components on Mars
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter views Schiaparelli landing site

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Schiaparelli descent data: decoding underway

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ExoMars approaching Mars
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