ExoMars ready for launch

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The European ExoMars Mars orbiter and lander mission, set for launch on March 14, is assembled on its Proton rocket and is ready for launch.

This European project was originally going to be in partnership with NASA, but the Obama administration pulled out of the deal. The Russians then offered to come in and provide a rocket for the mission.

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  • Local Fluff

    Russia. Mars. Proton.
    Why did ESA get itself into this corner? ULA has celebrated 100+ successful launches in a row. Ariane Space is not far behind. But the Proton blows up now and then, or its upper stage fails to reach a useful trajectory. Including all Mars missions they have attempted with their Proton. If this doesn’t work, I think that it will be very bad for the future of Roscosmos. To compare, India has a 100% successful track record for martian orbiters.

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