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    Default Landing site selected for UK Mars rover

    Due to land in 2021, the ExoMars rover will be the first of its kind to travel across the Martian surface and drill down to determine if evidence of life is buried underground.

    Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency said:

    "After the Earth, Mars is the most habitable planet in the Solar System, so it’s a perfect destination to explore the possibility of life on other planets, as well as the history of our own."


    Both of the potential landing sites – Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis – preserve a rich record of geological history from the planet’s wetter past, approximately four billion years ago, however the potential for science return had to be balanced with the prospect of landing safely.


    The UK Space Agency is the second largest European contributor to the ExoMars mission, having invested €287 million in the mission and 14 million on the instruments. This, in addition to successful negotiations with ESA, secured key mission contracts for the UK space sector.

    Sue Horne, Head of Space Exploration, UK Space Agency said:

    "I have been working on ExoMars for over ten years and am amazed at the ingenuity and dedication of UK engineers and scientists in building the rover and instruments that will work in the extreme environment of Mars.

    Our end goal is in sight and it is getting very exciting." ~ op cit
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