Europe sees "very unlikely" that the Exomars mission will take off this year due to the conflict with Russia

Europe sees "very unlikely" that the Exomars mission will take off this year due to the conflict with Russia



in full war escalation between Ukraine and Russiaand while international tensions are on the rise, the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that go "unlikely" the takeoff of the exomars martian mission, which he had designed in collaboration with the Russian Space Agency. "The sanctions [impuestas a Rusia] and the current context make a launch in 2022 very unlikely," the entity said in a statement published this Monday. According to the document, the director general of ESA, Josef Aschbacher, "analyze all options and prepare a formal decision on the way forward for ESA member states".

The decision comes after a weekend plagued by tensions between the world's leading space agencies. A few days ago, in fact, the director of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, announced that he was canceling all the joint launches that they had agreed with their European and American counterparts. He also stated that, "in response to the sanctions imposed by Europe against our companies", ordered the immediate withdrawal of all its scientific personnel and a technician at the Kourou space base in French Guiana, a place that, until now, had become a symbol of international cooperation.

Russia's withdrawal from Kourou could suppose an obstacle for the takeoff of several European and American missions, which until relatively recently traveled into space using Russian Soyuz rockets. In recent years, however, the US agency NASA has subcontracted SpaceX for its trips to the International Space Station. And now, after the worsening of relations with Russia, Europe affirms that it will pull its own launchers in operationas well as the future Vega C and Ariane 6.





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