ExoMars, a joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos mission, is entering a critical phase in its quest for evidence of life on Mars: The Schiaparelli demonstration lander has separated from the trace gas orbiter (TGO) and will soon descend to the surface of the red planet. The effort is also forging deeper ties between the European and Russian space agencies, both of which had failed in their own attempts to land a probe on Mars. Once seen as scientific fancy, the search for ...

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