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Europe and Russia to cooperate on exploration of Mars and Phobos

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-19

The European Space Agency and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, signed a deal on Wednesday to cooperate on the ESA's project to send a rover to Mars and Russia's project to send a probe to Phobos, the larger of Mars's two moons.

AFP - The European Space Agency (ESA) on Wednesday signed a deal with its Russian counterpart Roscosmos to cooperate on two Mars exploration projects, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.
  
The deal was inked by Roscosmos head Anatoli Perminov and the ESA's Jean-Jacques Dordain at the Maks aviation and space show outside Moscow, Interfax quoted an unnamed Roscosmos spokesman as saying.
  
Under the deal, the ESA will use Russia's Proton rocket as part of its Exomars project to send a robotic rover to the Mars surface and buy Russian parts for the rover's power supply system.
  
The deal will also see Russia's Phobos-Grunt project -- to send a probe to Mars' Phobos moon in October 2009 -- use the ESA's terrestrial communication facilities during its mission.
  
ESA comprises 16 members of the European Union (EU) plus Norway and Switzerland. Canada takes part in some of its projects under a cooperation agreement.

Date created : 2009-08-19

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