ExoMars 2016 bound for Mars after smooth Launch on Proton/Briz-M

ExoMars 2016 has been sent on its way to Mars on Monday after a day-long ascent mission atop a Proton-M/Briz-M launch vehicle taking the heaviest craft to visit Mars three times around planet Earth before being injected onto its Trans-Martian Trajectory.

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Europe & Russia set sail for Mars – Successful Proton Launch kicks off Daylong ExoMars Ascent

A heavy-lift Proton-M rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday, carrying the Russian-European ExoMars 2016 spacecraft to set out on a nine-month journey to Mars for an ambitious mission of discovery to unlock the secrets of the Martian past and present.

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Video: Proton Rocket Launches on first Mars Mission in two Decades

A Proton-M rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 9:31 UTC on Monday, carrying the Russian-European ExoMars 2016 mission, set for a seven-month flight to deliver to Mars the Trace Gas Orbiter to study the Martian atmosphere and the Schiaparelli lander for an Entry, Descent and Landing demonstration.

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Set For Liftoff: Proton-M Rocket with ExoMars 2016

ExoMars 2016 is set for liftoff atop a Russian Proton rocket on Monday, blasting off from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 9:31:42 UTC on a mission of ten hours and 44 minutes, delivering the 4,332-Kilogram Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander to a trans-Martian Trajectory for a seven-month transit.

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Curiosity Rover continues Ascent of Mars Mountain, begins next Drilling Campaign

The Curiosity rover on Mars is in the midst of its ninth drilling campaign since landing on the Red Planet a little over three years ago. The drilling operation is part of the rover’s ascent of the slopes of Mount Sharp to present scientists with a look at the different periods of ancient Martian environments that – even for extended periods – provided all ingredients needed for harboring life.

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MAVEN probes Martian Atmosphere, prepares for Conjunction Stand-Down

The MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars is getting ready for an interruption in its busy science mission to wait out this year’s solar conjunction when Mars and Earth line up on opposite sides in their respective orbits with the sun in between, preventing reliable communications between Earth and Mars and thus requiring all missions on or around the red planet to come to a stand still.

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Curiosity celebrates 1 000 Sols on Mars – MSL to hunker down for Conjunction

NASA’s MSL Curiosity rover passed the 1,000-Sol mark on Saturday, having been roving the Martian surface for 1,000 Mars days since its landing in August 2012. The rover remains in very good condition in the midst of its extended science mission that aims to explore the different layers of Aeolis Mons, the large mountain in the middle of Gale Crater, to obtain a detailed record of a changing Martian environment over the planet’s evolution from a warm and wet world that may have harbored life to the deserted and cold place Curiosity can observe today.

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