ESA suspends Exomars mission over Ukraine invasion

ESA’s ruling Council, meeting in Paris on 16-17 March, assessed the situation arising from the war in Ukraine regarding ExoMars, and unanimously acknowledged the present impossibility of carrying out the ongoing cooperation with Roscosmos on the ExoMars rover mission with a launch in 2022, and mandated the ESA Director General to take appropriate steps to suspend the cooperation activities accordingly. The Council authorised the Director General to carry out a fast-track industrial study to better define the available options for a way forward to implement the ExoMars rover mission.

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