Europa’s troubled Mars rover is still vital in the search for life

The stars haven’t been aligned for Europe’s first Mars rover ExoMars, but scientists still believe the aging vehicle can play a big role in answering one of Mars exploration’s biggest questions: Is- has there ever been life on the red planet?

The European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover is probably the most high-profile victim of the space industry Russia’s War in Ukraine. Originally slated for a 2018 launch, the rover was finally declared ready to go (after several delays) for a September launch this year at the summit. The Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put an end to those plans.

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