Europe’s Mars rover still important in the search for life

The stars haven’t aligned with Europe’s first Mars spacecraft, ExoMars, but scientists still believe the ancient vehicle could play a big role in answering one of the biggest questions in Mars exploration: Was there life on the Red Planet?

European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover is probably the most famous victim of the space industry Russia’s war in Ukraine. The rover was originally expected to launch in 2018, and it was finally announced that it is ready to go (after several delays) for launch in September of this year. Russian Proton missile From the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine put an end to these plans.