Design boost for European rover

ExoMars concept (Esa)The European Space Agency (Esa) is pushing forward with its design for a rover mission to send to Mars in 2013.Project teams have been authorised to investigate a concept that would launch a 205kg robot on a heavy-lift rocket.

The vehicle, expected to land in September 2014, would be equipped with a 16.5kg package of instruments to search for past or present life.

The concept is bigger – and much more expensive – than the one originally approved by space ministers in 2005.

Source:  BBC News

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