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Russia: European and Russian space agencies to look for life on Mars01:03

Russia: European and Russian space agencies to look for life on Mars

Russian Federation, Zhukovski
August 26, 2015 at 03:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a deal to collaborate in the search for evidence of alien life forms on Mars, at the MAKS-2015 air show in Zhukovsky on Wednesday.

The two agencies will cooperate on the ExoMars project to look for what is known as the bio-signatures of extra-terrestrial life on the Red Planet. Roscosmos boss Igor Komarov said that the agreement enables the agencies "to get serious results." Johann Dietrich Woerner, the Head of the ESA, expressed his belief that it is important to “continue mutual efforts in space” especially when countries face political disagreements, as joint projects can build a bridge between the conflicting parties.

The European Space Agency has confirmed plans to launch two ExoMars missions: the first will be in 2016, and the second in 2018. Among the major challenges scientists have set themselves is the study of the surface and subsoil of Mars.

Russia: European and Russian space agencies to look for life on Mars01:03
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Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a deal to collaborate in the search for evidence of alien life forms on Mars, at the MAKS-2015 air show in Zhukovsky on Wednesday.

The two agencies will cooperate on the ExoMars project to look for what is known as the bio-signatures of extra-terrestrial life on the Red Planet. Roscosmos boss Igor Komarov said that the agreement enables the agencies "to get serious results." Johann Dietrich Woerner, the Head of the ESA, expressed his belief that it is important to “continue mutual efforts in space” especially when countries face political disagreements, as joint projects can build a bridge between the conflicting parties.

The European Space Agency has confirmed plans to launch two ExoMars missions: the first will be in 2016, and the second in 2018. Among the major challenges scientists have set themselves is the study of the surface and subsoil of Mars.