According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the ExoMars mission was scheduled to leave for Mars on a Russian missile in July or August this year, carrying the British vehicle “Rosalind Franklin”, all mission equipment has been built, but there is a long list Of pending tests that still have to be performed before they can be launched.
The agencies do not believe that tests can be conducted by the summer of 2020 due to the Corona virus and the new conditions imposed by the virus due to lack of gatherings and travel restrictions.
Jan Warner, Director General of the European Space Agency, told a video news conference from Paris that a number of tests have yet to be carried out successfully, but that there will not be enough time before the launch window, and since the journey from Earth to Mars can only be tried when the planets are In specific locations, the next launch date will not be until 2022.
“After reviewing the reports, we both accepted the advice that this year’s launch would mean sacrificing the remaining core tests, so we jointly decided and confirmed today this decision to move the ExoMars mission to a later launch opportunity, which is 2022,” Warner added.
It should be noted that the name of the explorer belongs to the name of the British DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin, and the six-wheeled robot will search for life on Mars by drilling deep in the surface.