Home » News & Blogs » ExoMars is away!
Bookmark and Share
The Ancient Solar System...

ExoMars is away!

14 Mar 2016, 20:13 UTC
ExoMars is away!
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

This morning ESA's ExoMars mission set off from Baikonur spaceport, riding a Proton rocket on the first leg of its journey to Mars - here's an ESA video of the launch:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">The launch was bang on time (well.. not literally BANG, else this would be a different kind of article) and it's completed all but one of the post launch manoeuvres needed to put itself on a course for Mars.Whats the deal with sending another spacecraft to Mars?It seems like we get quite a few launches to Mars, and that's because we do. But space agencies aren't just obsessed with red sad: Although Mars is a frigid desert, with air as thin as you'd find on a 20km high terrestrial mountain, there's a lot of evidence that in the deep past it was a lot more habitable. It had deep lakes, and perhaps even an ocean. Above: A CG shot of Mars' hypothetical ancient ocean. Courtesy of ESAThat makes it a fascinating comparison with Earth, and raises the distinct possibility that some form of simple life might have taken hold there -  a perhaps left behind chemical or fossil traces we could detect. Even today some tiny traces of liquid water survive ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day