Rosalind Franklin’s Mars rover moved a step closer to Mars…The British space agency has announced that the Mars explorer “Rosalind Franklin” has passed the most recent series of tests on her approach to the Red Planet in September.
Rosalind Franklin’s Mars rover… a new mission to Mars after passing the tests
The ship was built at Stevenage, England, as part of the “ExoMars” mission, a collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos.
According to the British newspaper, “The Daily Mail”, the explorer is currently in an ultra-clean room at the Thales Alenia Space Headquarters in Turin, Italy, along with the launch partner, the Russian Kazachok landing pad.
A “final assessment” will take place in April before the rover and other mission components are shipped to the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to prepare for launch.
The “Rosalind Franklin” originally known as the “ExoMars Rover” was supposed to land on Mars in the summer of 2020, around the same time as the “NASA Perseverance” rover, however it was postponed owing to the coronavirus epidemic.
The European Space Agency concluded that extra testing, including a parachute landing, was required before the launch could be considered safe, but there was no time to finish the necessary tests owing to Covid-19 travel restrictions. It will now launch in September and arrive on Mars in June 2023.
If all goes as planned, the European Space Agency will become just the fourth agency after the Soviet Union, NASA, and China to operate a spacecraft elsewhere on the globe.
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