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European Space Agency, Russia’s Roscosmos hold talks on Mars mission

/ 07:51 AM June 14, 2022
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Russian  Federal Space Agency Roscosmos is pictured at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, Germany, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos is pictured at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, Germany, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday it has held talks with Russia’s Roscosmos space agency over the ExoMars rover mission to search for signs of life on the surface of Mars.

The ESA’s press office confirmed the talks in an emailed statement, but gave no indication of the outcome. An update could follow a planned ESA Council meeting on Wednesday, it said.

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The agency said in March it was suspending cooperation with Roscosmos over their joint ExoMars program in the wake of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine and sanctions imposed on Moscow.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, told the Russian TASS news agency over the weekend that the ESA would consult its members following the talks, but added that the chances for cooperation to resume were low.

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“If they meet halfway and say they agree, then the mission can be implemented,” TASS cited Rogozin as saying, adding that the launch could take place in 2024.

He said the chances of a positive answer from ESA members were low, at 7-8%.

Rogozin said in April that restoration of joint space projects would only be possible once Western sanctions against Moscow were lifted.

Russia also participates with the West on the International Space Station, the largest artificial object in space. The ESA said in May it does not expect Russia to terminate joint operation of the station.

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TOPICS: European Space Agency, ExoMars rover mission, International Space Station (ISS), Roscosmos, Russia
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