International Space Agencies – Missions and Discoveries

ExoMars, Europe And Russia’s Joint Mars Mission, Begins Its 7-Month Journey


  1. News: Joint mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars and bring humans a step closer to flying to the red planet themselves
  2. Where? ExoMars spacecraft lifts off on a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan
  3. Aim: It carries an atmospheric probe that is to study trace gases such as methane
  4. Why Methane? Methane is a chemical that on Earth is strongly tied to life. Besides, previous Mars missions have detected traces of methane in the planet’s atmosphere
  5. Scientists believe the methane could stem from micro-organisms, called methanogens or that some methane-producing organisms still survive

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