Europe’s ExoMars lander/rover combination moved a step closer to development this week when the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Program Board for Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration passed current planning for the missions along to the ESA council meeting in December. David Southwood, ESA’s director of science and robotic exploration, said the panel meeting Nov. 16 produced no “bad news” for the Mars project. “It’s not the end of the road,” he said. “It’s just we’ve crossed one ...


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