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Russia will start its Mars mission, Europe stops joint project amid Ukraine war

Russia will start work on its own Mars mission.

Moscow:

In the Russia Ukraine War, the joint Mars mission of Russia and Europe has been lost in this war. The European Space Agency (ESA) said in a statement that the Russian European mission, which was being prepared to send a rover to Mars, has been canceled due to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Russia will start work on its own Mars mission. Interfax news agency gave this information quoting a top official on Friday.

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ESA announced on Thursday that it would be impossible to continue cooperating with Russia on the ExoMars mission. After which Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said, “In the near future we will start working on the implementation of a mission to Mars.”

Interfax quoted him as saying that he did not think the rover would be needed because Russia’s existing landing module, designed to transport the rover, would be able to perform the necessary scientific work. Rogozin said what can the ESA do without Russia. There was a “big doubt” about this. Which already had a rocket, a launch site and a landing module. He said ESA would need at least six years to develop its module.

In response to the sanctions, Roscosmos has already suspended cooperation with Europe on space launches and announced that it will stop supplying rocket engines to the United States.

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