The first in the history of cooperation between the EU and Russia is the station to search for life on Mars ECOMAG-2016 (ExoMars-2016) was separated from the upper stage “breeze-M”. This was reported RIA Novosti the Russian Federal space Agency.
“Received confirmation that took place the separation of the spacecraft from the upper stage. Report on the acceptance signal from the station planned at 00.28 MSK, on March 15,” — said the representative of Roscosmos.
Booster “proton-M” with “Breeze-M” and the station Homag-2016 was launched at 12:31 Moscow time on Monday, March 14, from Baikonur.
ExoMars is a joint project of the Russian state Corporation and the European space Agency (ESA) Mars exploration. In its first phase (Exo-Mars-2016) the orbital module of the Trace Gas Orbiter to study trace gases of the atmosphere and the distribution of water ice in the Martian soil, using Russian scientific equipment. The second device Schiaparelli designed for testing technologies entry, descent, and landing research scientific instruments.
The main objective of the mission 2016 — the search for evidence of methane in the planet’s atmosphere, which could confirm the presence of life or activity in the present or the past of Mars, and to test key technologies for the second ExoMars expedition.
The second phase of the mission will be implemented during the next launch in 2018. Then on Mars it is planned to deliver full the descent module and the Rover. Thanks to the implementation of the second phase of the mission ExoMars, Europe and Russia may be possible to drill the soil of Mars to two meters in depth.
Three days before entering the atmosphere of Mars excursion module Schiaparelli savisvieta from the Orbiter Orbiter, which will decline on the red planet. On Earth will be created joint Russian-European scientific complex of the ExoMars project for the reception and processing of scientific information.